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Size: 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20. While we do try to keep a few gowns in stock, we prefer to custom fit each order to your specific needs and measurements so that your gown is truly "one of a kind". Please call for fabric availability. We will need the following measurements: neck, bust, waist, nape of neck to waist, waist to ankle, bicept and arm length from top of shoulder to elbow. All gown orders require a 50% deposit. Click here for additional Gown's photos


DescriptionSKU #Price

Anne Jacob

Candy Murphy
Ladies Gowns: Polonaise gown has a fitted bodice which either laces closed over a lightly boned reversible stomacher (triangular shaped insert) or is held closed with pins.   The open skirt reveals a matching or contrasting petticoats. The underskirt is a drawstring unless the "ties in front and back" skirt is requested.  The sleeve can be very plain, with a cuff or with graceful flounces. See Eighteenth Century Clothing at Williamsburg, by Linda Baumgarten.  This can be a very plain everyday gown or a very fancy silk ball gown.

Our Sacque Back gown features a fitted bodice, elbow length sleeves ending in a small cuff, an open skirt to reveal a matching or contrasting petticoat and a full pleated "sacque" that falls gracefully from the shoulders to the hem. Please call so we can discuss details.

Note: The Polonaise and Sacque Back gowns should be worn with stays and pocket hoops for the correct 18th Century look and fit. We will be glad to make these items for you also. Please see "Accessories" for pricing information.

Our Round gown is a one piece gown with a fitted bodice which laps at center front and pins closed over the waist of the front skirt panel. The elbow length sleeve is plain or has a small cuff. This is a very comfortable everyday gown and is also usually worn with stays.  This is a very appropriate day gown for the working woman.

LG-1770 Polonaise gowns start at $250

Sacque Back gowns start at $300

Round Gowns start at $195.00

Short Gown (la casaque) - A short gown is a short work jacket worn anytime a full gown is not required. The design varied with optional trims and either square or round necklines. Some tied, others buttoned or laced closed. An apron (see below) was often worn over the Short Gown. See Historic Colonial French Dress by Johnson, Forbes, and Delaney.

Our basic short gown is loose fitting, made out of cotton, unlined with a shaped waist, scooped neckline and elbow or longer sleeves. It is closed with pins. Variety of solid colors and/or checks available. Sizes Small (6/8), Medium (10/12), Large (14/16) and XLarge (18/20).




Mount Vernon Style Short Gown - This short gown is dressier than our basic one. Made out of linen, it features a scooped neckline with a center back pleat and tucks making a more fitted waistline. The sleeves are elbow length or longer. It is still a working worman's jacket and is worn over a chemise and with a petticoat. Sizes: Small (6/8), Medium (10/12), Large (14/16), XLarge (18/20). MV-1650 $65.00
Manteau-de-lit (Bed Jacket):  Longer than the short gown the Bed Jacket is a loose fitting T-shaped robe held closed using pins or an apron. Our standard Manteau-de-Lit is based on an original garment and is unlined with full sleeves. Sizes: Small (6/8), Medium (10/12), Large (14/16) or XLarge (18/20). Add $20 if you want it lined.


Cotton $75.00

Linen $95.00


APRON: Aprons were worn over casual and formal clothing to protect it from dirt. There were made from a variety of fabrics, both plain white, colored and checked. Very sheer, dressy and highly decorated aprons which were worn over formal clothing can be seen in some collections of original garments.

We have several styles available from simple drawstring aprons, aprons pleated onto a waistband, and pinner aprons which help protect the bodice. Smaller aprons for Girls are also available.


cotton $20

linen $28


All prices are subject to change or correction.


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