Sea Green Gathered Front Dress

A late 1790s gathered front dress made from sea green silk taffeta.


Inspiration & Resources

Useful Books & Links Arnold, Janet. Patterns of Fashion: English Women's Dresses and Their Construction, c.1660-1860. New York: Drama Book, 1984.

Hunnisett, Jean. Period Costume for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Women's Dress 1800-1909. Players Press, Inc., 1991.

Construction Details


This was a super quick project I started on a whim, but never actually wore. Using the same techniques as my white gathered front dress, I squeezed this project out of less that three yards of silk taffeta gifted to be my the awesome Katherine

The back of the dress is fitted, using a basic regency bodice scaled up from Hunnisett, while the front of the dress is one full width of fabric gathered at the neckline and under the bust. As you can see from the pictures below, the front is open to the waist and ties closed at the center front. I included a long train and originally planned to embroider the hem and sleeves. However, the front ended up too short and I decided to leave it plain.