If you are jonesing for some Jane austen kinda thing, ladies, clicky here!

Feast your eyes on this beauty!

I call dibs.

I just need the money and…uh…the body. But who cares? Isn’t it gorgeous?

It is very beautiful. I love the color–so classy! and the embroidery.

The only thing I have that’s vaguely related (and not how you’d think) is this. :wink:

That is GORGEOUS. Check out the measurements. 28 inch waist and it’s an empire waist which means it’s supposed to hang loosely. A 28 inch waist that hangs loosely. Wow. :eek:

28 inch waist.
Guess they didn’t have Ben & Jerry’s back then.

How long did that high-waisted style last? Did women wear corsets before then, and if they did, did this style allow them to NOT wear corsets?-- as in “whew, thank god this new dress style is in so I don’t have to wear a blasted corset!”?

When did women start to wear corsets and crap like that anyway? And when did they go out of fashion

Wikipedia to the rescue

Thanks, Shirley, that was quite interesting.

Women still wore stays up until the 1920s. Here’s a page with reproduction Regency underwear. Empire or Regency wist doesn’t mean loose, it means high. Still a dress for a slender woman, though.

Huh. That dress looks slightly later period than 1805 to me. I think it’s the sleeves.

Isn’t today Jane’s b-day, or death anniversary, or somesuch?
(My eldest is a HUGE JA fanatic, and this summer we have been watching EVERY film version of EVERY JA tale ever made!)

Longer sleeves were all the rage, especially in the largest Euro cities, by 1810 or so. I think 1805 may be pushing it a bit.

Can someone please translate the following portion of the Wiki article into some kind of grammar for me?

Only the first sentence makes any sense. And I can’t even really guess from context what that last bit is supposed to say, because I just don’t know.

At a guess, I’d say that corset sales went up at the end of the War? Maybe? Because women had more money?

It doesn’t make any sense.

Yeah, the sleeves look like they’re verging into the teens. The skirt hem isn’t the width that I associate with the 1820s. You know, I’ve never seen a puffed sleeve combined with that sort of Georgian-y falling ruffle thing before. Weird.

The gown looks vaguely patterned off that which the character of Miss Elizabeth Bennet wore to the Pemberly ball, during the frosty dance scene with Darcy, in the BBC/A&E mini series “Pride & Prejudice,” starring Colin Firth.

Thanks for this. I have just officially started my Christmas shopping. :slight_smile:

And, on topic, that dress is incredible. But 28 inches? Guess I’ll have to spend that extra $3000 somewhere else! :wink:

Good call on the anniversary date thingy.

Here’s a costuming website I like to visit when I’m “jonesing” for some Jane Austen-era (or Aubrey-Maturin era, for that matter) visuals.

It’s the ruffly things. Has anyone else ever seen that sort of end of sleeve ruffles before? They really do confuse me.

Are these things for real? Are they reproductions? Why aren’t they in a museum somewhere?

I could have worn that in college. sigh.

There are antique garments floating around. Quite a few (probably the majority) are in private collections, not museums. I don’t have anything that old, but I know people who do. I have some things spanning 1880s-1930s. It’s quite easy to find them at special antique clothing sales or over the internet.