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.

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Regency gown

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).

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

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

Caroline Bingley from the 2005 film adaption of Jane Austen's novel Pride & Prejudice.

Evening dress with gauze overlay

All Things Jane Austen

1817-1821

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

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

Tudor partlet pattern

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

Make A Regency Gown - Jane Austen Centre

muslin dress with historicizing trim ca. 1800-05

Jane Austin Festival Dress

c. 1805-10

poke bonnet | Trim your Regency Bonnet - Jane Austen Centre