“The robe à la polonaise or polonaise is a woman’s garment of the later 1770s and 1780s or a similar revival style of the 1870s inspired by Polish national costume, consisting of a gown with a cutaway, draped and swagged overskirt, worn over an underskirt or petticoat.”
A recent project was making a gown for dancing in.
My client’s interest in historic dance had finally got to the stage where she needed the full costume to perform in. She had previously made a shift & stays but needed the rest of the gown & felt it was a bit outside her comfort zone to make it herself.
I jumped at the chance & we started looking at fabrics. The aim was to make panniers & underskirt in lovely striped linen from Scottish Linen
So off she went to Fife to buy the fabric.
Once we had those started we matched it with Delph Blue silk from James Hare for the gown.
Using one of my Janet Arnold books for the pattern reference & mocking up the top section we finally cut it in the silk. As it all came together we tweaked the fit & I manager to get it together enough so she can wear it this week for a performance.
As is my way I’m hoping to get it back for a bit of refining the fit once she’s back.