Historical Sew Fortnightly - #8 By the Sea: Aqua Linen Gown

You may remember the aqua linen I posted that I bought from Fabric Mart a while back?  Well, I cranked out a basic Angalise out of it and then re-trimmed my Gainsborough to match.  I had meant to finish or at least get much further along on the Tissot-ish Gown I've been working on for this challenge but I've got other costume deadlines looming (Myth Masque) and couldn't put in enough time on that to really get somewhere on the Tissot with that hanging over my head.  So I finished this off instead. 

While it could, I suppose, be a seaside 18th C gown, the real "By The Sea" connection is of course the color.  Nothing says "Ocean" like Caribbean blue.  I thought it looked nice paired with the infamous Target "shabby chic" curtains petticoat and I'd add a big fluffy fichu as well.

The Challenge: #8: By The Sea
Fabric: Aqua linen with a black stripe

Pattern: my basic 18th C body block (which is based off of the Period Impressions Polonaise)
Year: 1780s
Notions: Thread, vintage lace from the stash

How historically accurate is it? relatively accurate materials but machine sewn.

Hours to complete: As you know if you've been reading this blog for a while I rarely keep track of things like this, mostly because I'm working on multiple projects at once.
First worn: Not yet!

Total cost: about $40


  1. It looks wonderful! Love the soft blue of the linen, and I'm a sucker for anything with stripes.

  2. Thanks! Me too, I love me some stripes!

  3. It looks lovely! Can't wait to see pictures of it on you. :-)

    1. Thanks! I'll probably wear it to the next 18th C picnic I go to and get pics then.

  4. Gorgeous! That's one of my favorite colors :) I have an anglaise on my to-do list, and seeing this lovely one completed makes me want to get started!

    1. Thank you! I love this color too, had to buy the fabric when I saw it.


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