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The Scroop Patterns + Virgils Fine Goods Angelica Gown 1775-1790

Meet the 1780s Angelica Gown!

We are so excited to show you the newest Scroop + Virgil’s Fine Goods pattern!  The gorgeous, delectable, Angelica Gown!

The Scroop Patterns + Virgils Fine Goods Angelica Gown 1775-1790

Buy the pattern here!  – and get 10% off for the first week!

We know it’s been a long, long wait for the third Scroop Patterns + Virgil’s Fine Goods collaboration, but we think it will have been worth it.

We put so much work into this pattern to make it as well fitted, historically accurate, easy to make, and fun to wear as possible. Hopefully you’ll like the result!

The Scroop Patterns + Virgils Fine Goods Angelica Gown 1775-1790

The Angelica Gown features three front bodice options, two back bodice options, and a floor length or trained skirt.  Mix and match bodice fronts and backs and skirts for a whole range of looks!

The detailed historically accurate sewing instructions cover everything you need to make your own beautiful versions, from first fitting to final trimming. There’s even a guide to making sleeve ruffles, tuckers, and fichu!

We’ve even developed an extremely clever pattern method for the skirt based on 18th century patterning techniques.

The pattern comes in bust sizes 30”-52” (76-132cm). To help you get the perfect fit there’s a 9-page fitting and pattern alteration guide.

The Scroop Patterns + Virgils Fine Goods Angelica Gown 1775-1790

Both views feature a fitted bodice which laces closed at the center front, a deeply pointed back, and just-past the elbow sleeves.

The sleeves may be snug, but clever patternmaking means they don’t restrict movement.

Thanks to Amber’s historical knowledge the patterns are filled with meticulous historical details that will help you get the late 1770s-1790s look just right.

View A has a plain bodice front with a short pointed front curve that ends in a truncated V, a three-panel back, and a skirt that finishes just above the floor.

The Scroop Patterns + Virgils Fine Goods Angelica Gown 1775-1790

View B features a longer sloped V at the front waist, optional serrated trim along the front waist edge, a two-panel back, and a slight train.

The Scroop Patterns + Virgils Fine Goods Angelica Gown 1775-1790

Buy the pattern here! – and get 10% off for the first week!

The Angelica Gown is the third collaboration between Scroop Patterns and Virgil’s Fine Goods. Our patterns combine Amber of Virgil’s Fine Goods’ extensive mantua making skills with my patternmaking skills.

Our goal is to bring you easy-to-use historical patterns with comprehensive size ranges and detailed historically-accurate instructions. The patterns are available as downloadable print-at-home patterns, to make historical sewing more accessible to sewists everywhere, and as paper patterns through Virgil’s Fine Goods and other stores.

We’re extremely proud of this pattern, and are so excited to see your versions!

All the gorgeous tester versions will be coming shortly! Their makes are so inspiring. They combined views, used our trim suggestions, and styled the gowns to their own taste.

The Scroop Patterns + Virgils Fine Goods Angelica Gown 1775-1790
Evening dress, 1860–62, American, silk, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 2009.300.2976,

Rate the Dress: early 1860s formal foliage in bronze

It’s cold and winter-y and rainy here in NZ, and I planned to find something deliciously floral and summery and light to show you for this week’s Rate the Dress, but somehow my inspiration lists and boards just did not supply.  Instead this week’s pick is dark and lush and winter-y.

Perhaps that will appeal to those of you suffering with hot weather?  You can dream of a time cool enough to wear it…

Last weeks (ish) rating:  an 1890s tea gown in the aesthetic style

Most of you liked last week’s dress, but few of you loved it.  It was just…nice.  But not amazing.

The Total: 7.9 out of 10

Nice.  Not amazing.

This week: an early 1860s formal gown in brocaded silk.

The museum listing for this gown describes it as an evening dress, but, despite the lush brocaded fabric, I think it’s actually a formal afternoon dress.  The high neck and long sleeves are more consistent with daywear than evening wear in the late 1850s and early 1860s.

The fabric is definitely the centerpiece of this gown: a visually striking black on bronze weave, which has been carefully cut to mirror the pattern placement across the back and front of the dress.

In addition to the fabric, I thought this dress was an interesting Rate the Dress choice for the sleeves.

The slim trumpets with deep ruffles below the elbow are less commonly seen than the wider pagoda sleeve, and rather remind me of the ruffle sleeves that were recently fashionable today.

This would have been worn with a little lace collar, and embroidered lawn undersleeves.

What do you think?  Is this better than just nice?

Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10

A reminder about rating: feel free to be critical if you don’t like a thing, but make sure that your comments aren’t actually insulting to those who do like a garment. Phrase criticism as your opinion, rather than a flat fact. Our different tastes are what make Rate the Dress so interesting. It’s no fun when a comment implies that anyone who doesn’t agree with it, or who would wear a garment, is totally lacking in taste.

As usual, nothing more complicated than a .5. I also hugely appreciate it if you only do one rating, and set it on a line at the very end of your comment.

20% off Sale

It’s the midyear sale! Get 20% off all Scroop Patterns

It’s the best time of year!  The midyear Scroop Patterns Sale!

All downloadable PDF Scroop Patterns are 20% off this week!

20% off Sale

The discount is applied automatically at checkout: no need to do anything.

The sale ends Tuesday 21 June, 11:59pm, NZ Time

Happy shopping, happy sewing!

The Scroop Patterns Selina Blouse

I usually do a sale this time of year, but this time there’s an added incentive.  My car needs replacing, and cars are expensive in post-covid NZ 😢  Also car shopping is the worst.  I’d rather be doing even my least favourite part of patternmaking (figuring out fabric requirements.  It’s the worst).