Folkwear sewing pattern number 215
Pattern includes sizes Small (6-8), Medium (10-12) and Large (14-16)
Pattern condition: Uncut, factory folded and complete with instructions.
~ Item for sale is a sewing pattern, not a finished garment ~
This high-waisted dress known today as "empire" dates back to the Directoire Period of France - the era directly following the French Revolution. Often called a "chemise gown" to satirize its scandalous brevity and lack of undergarments, it reflected a desire to return to simpler, classical Grecian dress after the excesses of nobility and patriot alike. Its peak of popularity was during the "First Empire" period (1799-1815); hence its name. It was worn floor length or as high as knee-length in front; trains were also worn for day or evening until 1806. The Empire Dress has remained a favorite fashion silhouette until today.
Folkwear presents this simple-sew classic in three lengths, with two sleeve options. A narrow bodice is gathered into slim A-line skirt front and side panels, and full gathered skirt back that falls to just-below-knee length, full-length, or full-length with train for weddings and formal wear.
On the traditional version, drawstrings fit the bodice firmly to the bust and tie at center back. For contemporary wear, we suggest a closed back and elastic in place of the drawstrings. Short puffed sleeves may be cut very high or slightly longer - both are authentic. The longer sleeve features button and cord detailing.
Originals are of fine white muslin, tulle, organdy, or batiste, either plain or textured much like dotted Swiss.
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