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Regency Nightgown

Regency Nightgown
C.1835. A very rare late Regency nightgown, made out of fine and tightly woven white cotton. Entirely handsewn, the quality of workmanship is amazing. To think of all the tiny stitches that went into making this.
The high fold down collar has handmade white cotton crochet lace edging, and the front fastens with 1 bone button. There is supposed to be one at the base of the neck, but this is gone. I have the neckline pinned. The front andback of the nightgown's neckline is gauged into the seam of the collar. There is a small fray hole at the front of the right shoulder at the base of the neck, right under the folded over collar and a 1 7/8" vertical tear at the center back of the neckline and collar. This would be covered up when the collar is done up and folded over.
Right under the front slashed opening, the letters 'M A S' are embroidered in red. There is a tiny moth hole on the lower right side near the bottom, and another at waist level ont the back right side. The upper body of the nightgown has the typical square cut that most late 18th century to 1840 underwear has. The shoulder seams are dropped and the narrow puffed sleeves are tightly gauged at the top into the dropped shoulder seam. There are bone buttons and matching crochet lace trim on each wrist cuff. The bottoms of the sleeve are also tightly gauged into the cuffs.
The measurements: shoulders 21" (these are dropped shoulder seams), Bust approx. 48", waist is free, length is 46". The armseyes are very narrow and tight.
(Formerly L. Hidic)