This outfit is inspired by a dress shown in „Fitting and Proper“, that is believed to be a Quaker Wedding Dress. It is Model Nr. 2 in the book and dated to 1760-80.

quaker-schuerze

In contrast to the silk used for the original dress, I decided to use blue linen. It took about 4 yards. According to the book, Quaker dresses are not always fashionable, so I changed the cuffs into frills to use it for the 1770s. The bodice part and the sleeves are lined with white linen. A nice detail can be seen when looking at the back of the dress, which is cut „en Fourreau“ and has small pleats sewn down.

quaker-back

Since the basic dress looks very simple, I use a lot of accessoires to complete the look: a white linen apron, fichu, a small embroidered bonnet and a bergere made of straw, that originally goes with my Anglaise. Underneath I wear my shift, stays and a petticoat. I did all of them by hand with linen thread, except for the hat and the stays.

quaker-front

This dress is a Round Gown, which means it has neither stomacher nor an open skirt. In fact, the skirt front and back are sewn together. Before closing the bodice, I close the skirt front by tying it like an apron. Since they do not know the way it was closed originally, this is a kind of interpretation, but works well. By the way, I have to sew myself into the dress, because this is the only sign of fasting the bodice. In order to prevent wrinkles, I did sew some boning into the centre front, which means one cable tie on each side.

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