1890 Polonaise Dress With Back Pleats - 36 Inch Bust

1890 Polonaise Dress With Back Pleats - 36 Inch Bust

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Sized to fit a 36 Inch Bust - This reproduction sewing pattern is transcribed from the original source material:

A Madame Demorest Pattern - "The fronts of this Polonaise are cut the length of the figure, its fullness being drawn up in pleats on the hips.  The back is arranged in organ pleats below the waistline, the sleeves have the fashionable high effect.  This model is practical and graceful throughout and is appropriate for all seasonable dress goods."


The source material from which these early patterns are replicated from contain much less information than the more modern patterns from the 1920's and 1930's.  

Patterns and fashion journals published during these eras presumed that the home seamstress possessed sufficient skills to construct a garment without detailed directions.   

 As a result patterns for facings, linings and other details - such as instructions on how to create trims, are sketchy at best -- and usually non-existent. Most of the time sizes and yardage information is also unavailable.

In order to make these early patterns easier to use, we have dropped in grain lines, seam allowances, and clarified markings on the patterns as much as possible.  Included with each of the patterns are any and all text and instructions that were available in the original source material. 

Be aware that all of these patterns run small compared to our modern bodies, and were drafted with the understanding that "proper" undergarments/and corsets would be worn underneath.  Armholes especially tend to be much tighter and smaller than modern garments.

It is very important when sewing these items to make a fitting mock-up of the pattern out of muslin or other waste fabric, and make all of the adjustments for your individual figure on the mock-up.

SUGGESTED MATERIALS:  Silk, Woolens, Crepe, Linen, Cotton

Materials Required For Size Shown:      
24 Inch Wide Material (Without Nap)                 9 Yards
Flat Garniture Trim                                         2-1/2 Yards
44 Inch Wide Velvet For Trim                          5/8 Yard

5 Stars
polanaise dress with back pleats
I used this pattern as the basis for a gorgeous wedding dress. I made the sleeves short,hemmed in vintage lace, and it was gorgeous.I added vintage lace peeking out the hemline also, just as an antique gown I have. measurements were important, and also taking my time thinking each step thru.
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Reviewed by:  from blanchardville,wis. on 11/19/2010
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1890 Polonaise Dress With Back Pleats review
How perfect is this pattern! Well picture this garment made in light flowing satin and chiffon! if it was in a light sheer in the arms you would have a very pretty negligee dress you could wear over a pretty slip dress and have the perfect wedding gown! or leave off the sleeves and leave an open back and there is the next red "WOW" dress for cocktails. Shorten the skirt and make a simple cap sleeve and you have a club ready number! Such a lovely pattern for the everyday woman or the history buff!
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Reviewed by:  from Seattle. on 6/28/2010

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