1828 - 1840: The Romantic Era
Skirts: straight, un-gored panels pleated or gathered into a waistband. Skirt becomes fuller towards 1840. Mostly unlined except for a wide band at the hem. Skirts are joined to the bodice and not separate.
Bodice: nearly always fastens at the back with hooks and eyes, or laced for evening. Waistline is at normal level with a straight band at the waist. Bodices are interlined and have boning at the CF, front darts and side seams (occasionally). Neckline is to the base of the neck, or with a wide scoop. Armholes are off the shoulder, nearly horizontal by 1835. Piping on all seams and edges. No CB seam, back cut on fold.
Sleeves: grow large until their collapse in 1837, when the fullness is banded down at the upper arm. Sleeves are lined and cut in one piece.
©Deborah V. McKeown 1997
Where marked (JP) the text is by John Peacock from his book Men's Fashion: The Complete Sourcebook, „ 1996 Thames & Hudson Ltd, London. Reproduced by kind permission of Thames & Hudson Ltd, London.
Where marked * Picture and notes are based on notes from Dover Publications.