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    An absolutely excellent guide to the machine-made net overlays used on the high-waisted muslin dresses popular during Austen's adulthood. Also see this blog for a terrific review of THE ANNOTATED EMMA, by Jane Austen, edited and annotated by David Shapard.

    Gown - Jane Austen era.

    Regency dress, 1800s

    Regency Jane Austen dress

    loveisspeed.......: The art of dressing...1800s fashion..

    Lots of (free) patterns from the 1920's and 1930's

    Evening dress, 1805-1810, owned by the Victoria and Albert Museum. A detail of this dress is pictured on the book jacket of the forthcoming THE ANNOTATED EMMA (March 20, 2012).

    muslin dress with historicizing trim ca. 1800-05

    Silk evening dress, c. 1820 (detail) | Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection, New York

    poke bonnet | Trim your Regency Bonnet - Jane Austen Centre

    Looks very late 1880s to me, possibly early 1890s

    1884 - Two-piece dress (bodice and skirt). The bodice closes by a front lacing to reveal lace beneath

    Evening dress with gauze overlay

    Evening dress, Jacques Doucet, ca. 1910. Silk satin & chiffon, beads, faux pearls, rhinestones. “Pouter pigeon” bodice creating “S” shape. Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum, Tokyo 7 2

    Don't know when I'd wear this...but I want it anyway.

    Tudor partlet pattern

    1817-1821

    Make A Regency Gown - Jane Austen Centre

    Jane Austin Festival Dress