18th Century Short Gown

18th Century Short Gown

My 18th century jacket is finally finished! Yay! I sewed the last two seams just some minutes before we took the photos! 😉

18th Century Woman

18th Century Dress, Fichu, Lappet Cap

This type of jacket is called a bedgown or short gown.

18th Century Jacket

18th Century Short Gown

Short gowns were considered undress in the 18th century. Undress or informal wear – the everyday clothes of the 18th century – was worn around the house while doing the work.

18th Century Outfit

18th Century Pink Dress

I used an old bedsheet for the bedgown because I liked the washed-out color and the linen-like texture of the old, torn sheet.

18th Century Working Woman Outfit

18th Century Bedgown

I like how the bedgown turned out and it’s really comfortable to wear.

18th Century Undress Costume

18th Century Bedgown Closed With Pins

The bedgown fastens down the front with pins. 18th century gowns were usually closed with pins, hooks and eyes or spiral lacing.

En Fourreau Pleats
En fourreau pleats

18th Century Gown En Fourreau Pleats

I forgot to pack my fichu and had to use a bed sheet instead! 😀 Shhh, don’t tell anyone, lol! 😉

18th Century Dress And Apple Forbidden Fruit
Forbidden fruit – the last apple on the tree
18th Century Dress, Fichu And Cap
Handsewn lappet cap

18th Century Linen Skirt

I’m wearting the short gown with my 18th century linen skirt. I love the fabric of the skirt! It was expensive but it has such a beautiful texture – I sometimes use the linen skirt as backdrop for my photo! 😉

18th Century Short Gown And Linen Skirt

18th Century Women's Jacket

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16 thoughts on “18th Century Short Gown

  1. I love the tucks down the back! Do you make your own patterns, or buy vintage ones? You look so darling in this outfit! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

      1. Hello Linda,

        I want to get into historical sewing, and I have one pattern for a Short Gown. The instructions do not mention if the Short Gown is to be lined or not, and if they are lined, would it be flat or bag lined?

        Thank you,

        1. Both lined and unlined short gowns existed in the 18th century. My short gown is unlined. If you want to line it, in the 18th century the lining and outer fabric were usually treated as if it was just one fabric (flatlined). Instead of flatlining, the English stitch seam was also often used. Hope this helps! 🙂

  2. I am in awe of your sewing skills and love your explanation. I was mesmerised by the old world look and how well it suits you. The jacket is very interesting with the way it joins at the front and the please at the back. I really enjoyed this and thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger’s Pit Stop – Debbie from Deb’s World

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