today we’re gonna take a quick look at the fashions of 1807. As I mentioned before, I’m not a big fan of the muslin dresses that were popular during this era. They all look alike to me, and they aren’t very flattering either. But I love to see how the ladies accessorized them. They do look better with a bright-coloured hat or shawl, don’t they?
A round train dress of India muslin, embroidered in a fancy border of needle-work at the feet. The stock bosom, ornamented with white beads. A full Spanish short sleeve, over a plain one of white satin. A scolloped lace tucker, placed strait round the bosom. Circassian scarf of gold, chambrey, or lace, crossing the back, and gathered in front of the left shoulder into an emerald brooch, reaching to, the feet, finished with a gold tassel, and occasionally formed into drapery by the altitude of the right hand. The hair tastefully disposed in bands and curls; and a small ostrich feather crossing the crown towards the right side, is fastened to the hair with an emerald stud. Earrings, necklace, and bracelets of pearl, with emerald clasps. White kid gloves and shoes.
Evening Walking Dress
A plain round gown of jaconet muslin, a talking length, simply ornamented with rows of open-hems round the bottom. A plain square bosom sitting close to the form, laced up the front, and trimmed at the edge with twisted muslin. A large straw hat of the Gipsy form, tied across the crown with a silk handkerchief. Deep Vandyke stock, of lace or needle-work. A black lace or Chinese shawl, thrown in irrgular negligence over the shoulders. Straw coloured kid gloves and shoes. White sarsnet parasol, deeply fringed, and painted in historical devices.
A round gown with short train, ornamented at the feet in flutings of muslin or needlework; a long sleeve rucked, with full top; frock back, and lappelled bosom cut low, and trimmed with sculloped lace. A Chapeau A la bocage, of imperial chip or sarsnet, ornamented with a wreath of ivy or jonquille; a single sprig of the same in front of the bosom in lieu of a brooch. A shawl of Chinese silk, thrown negligently over the shoulders. Hair in a single band across the forehead,relieved by loose curls in front and at the sides. Hoop earrings of amber or cornelian. Straw-coloured kid gloves and sboes.
A frock and trowsers of fine cambric, bordered at the bottom in rich fancy Vandyke; French back, and bosom cut very low, and ornamented with the same; Circassian sleeve very short. The Moorish boot, or high pomposa; of bright yellow kid, laced with purple. Sash to correspond, tied in shorthows and ends behind.
La Belle Assemblee, Vol.3