Jane Eyre Dress

My first attempt at 1840s - a circa 1847 dress inspired by the novel Jane Eyre.


Inspiration & Resources

Useful Books & Links Arnold, Janet. Patterns of Fashion 2: Englishwomen's Dresses and Their Construction c.1860-1940. Drama Book Publishers, 1977.

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

Construction Details


I'm a huge fan of the novel Jane Eyre and this outfit was based on what I thought Jane would wear after her marriage - something simple and plain, yet interesting. Though the novel is set much earlier, I was inspired by a fashion plate from 1847, which seemed appropriate since it was the year the book was published. The gown is made from a plum cotton twill (I would have rather used silk but this was all I could afford at the time), and I accessorized it with a vintage lace collar, antique brooch, and shawl.

I also made a simple cottage bonnet from the Miller's Millinery Pattern using a brown/black changeable silk taffeta, but it is an incredibly unflattering style on me so no pictures of me in it.