Reproduction 1792 Zone Front Gown. Photo by Jean Martin.
Reproduction 1792 blue silk zone front gown: front view

18th century, 1792 zone front gown made for PEERS Scarlet Pimpernel Ball. Inspiration was from a March 1792 print.

Fashion Plates 
of the French Revolution: March 1792

Reproduction 1792 blue silk zone front gown: left view Reproduction 1792 blue silk zone front gown: back view Reproduction 1792 blue silk zone front gown: right view Reproduction 1792 zone front gown: quarter view

chemise in progress

Chemise

Cotton chemise, bias tape drawstring neck.
Reproduction 1700s stays

Stays

Double coutil, champagne silk on cotton, corset boned with oval/flat cane. Front and back lacing edges have metal bones. Buttonholes for straight lacing lined with polyester white ribbon.
Pattern based on: JP Ryan Stays

Reproduction 1700s stays: left view Reproduction 1700s stays: back view Reproduction 1700s stays: right view

Reproduction 1700s bumroll: front view

Bumroll

Gray cotton twill stuffed with polyfill, buttonholes at ends, white grossgrain ribbon ties

Reproduction 1700s bumroll: left view Reproduction 1700s bumroll: back view Reproduction 1700s bumroll: right view

Reproduction 1792 blue silk zpetticoat: front view

Petticoat

Blue home decorator silk cartridge pleated onto 2" waistband, 8" hem. Deep pleat near back sides to simulate back overskirt.
Finished measurements:
Waist: 29"
Length front: 39"
Length back: 42"
Hem Circumference: 217"

Reproduction 1792 blue silk petticoat: left view Reproduction 1792 blue silk petticoat: back view Reproduction 1792 blue silk petticoat: right view

Reproduction 1792 blue silk zone front jacket: front view

Bodice

Blue home decorator silk bodice with back peplum, long sleeves. White silk front triangle area. Pearl-look and goldtone buttons down center and on sleeve cuffs. Gray twill lining bodice, white cotton interlining and gray polyester satin lining for sleeves.

Pattern based on: internet image of 1790s pattern for a women's jacket from Karl Kohler's Kostumekunde. Drew pattern shapes directly on the twill lining without paper pattern or mockup.

Reproduction 1792 blue silk jacket: left view Reproduction 1792 blue silk jacket: back view Reproduction 1792 blue silk jacket: right view

Shoes

Old ballroom shoes covered to look like court shoes. Blue home decorator silk, buttons, polyester white ribbon.

First try
First try at recovering shoes front view First try at recovering shoes side view

1792 Scarlet Pimpernel Gown Recap

[20090208]
Well, didn't quite get done as much as I wanted to.  Not enough time to make another petticoat underneath to help soften the bumroll and keep the skirt from sinking inwards.  The chemise was basically a large rectangle with a neck hole, bias tape drawstring and sides sewn up but no sleeves.  Only one shoe covered.

If I wear this dress again, I should:

Haven't taken photos of all the pieces, yet.   A couple photos from The Scarlet Pimpernel Ball.
 

PEERS


 

PEERS
Old Shoe, (looks) New Shoe, Black Shoe, Blue Shoe

Scarlet Pimpernel Started

[20090206]Started the Scarlet Pimpernel dress tonight.  Not sure such a good idea as now I will try to finish it and there may not be enough time especially if I try it on at least once before going to the dance.  Used the full six yards for the skirt and do not look forward to hemming and pleating. 



Completed: February 2009