The Royal Lady's Magazine

September 1831

English Fashions

Fig. 1.

Walking Dress.

Pelisse of lavender-coloured gros de Naples; tight corsage pelerine of the same material, rounded in front, plaited on the shoulder with seven plaits, which are confined with a narrow band across, and ornamented with a bow of three ends. The back is cut in a straight slope down from the shoulders to a point as low as the band, but not confined by it; the pelerine is edged with a trimming of the same material, cut into the form of half leaves, the points of which lay a little over. Small turnover collar, trimmed to correspond with the pelerine. The whole of the ornaments are corded: sleeves tight to the elbows, and large full top; cuff small and pointed. Te skirt is trimmed down the front with pieces cut on the cross, and gathered in the center to form double leaves, straps which confine the leaves are crossed over and brought down over the middle of each leaf to form a point. The skirt is full, plaited on at the waist, and worn close in front. Ht of the same material as the dress, rather smaller than has been usual, trimmed with white gauze ribbon, a small flower, and three or four ears of wheat.

Fig. 2.

Carriage Dress.

Of pink and white shot silk; skirt plain with the exception of three narrow cordings of satin at the knee; corsage tight and plain; pelerine of net of a new and elegant form, cut to a point before and behind, with deep vandykes finished with narrow braiding, and trimmed with a broad scalloped lace, very full, but narrowing towards the point in front. The pelerines of this pattern are worn with or without a folding of broad ribbon, which passes through five straps, and crosses it from the band at the back to the finish in front on both sides. The band confines the pelerine at both points. Turnover collar, with a deep point behind and two in front, narrow on the shoulder, and trimmed with a narrow scalloped lace to correspond with the other part. The sleeve of the dress is very full the whole length to the wrist, and partially confined with a straight piece underneath, so cut as to form four pair of rounded straps, which are fastened outside, three below and one above the elbow. Small cap, with broad border, of rich figured blonde, and trimmed with pink satin ribbon cut into leaves, and strings of gauze ribbon.

Fig 3.

Dinner Dress.

Of blue gros de Naples, corset fitted close to the shape. A cape is so cut as to form four lozenge-shaped falls, one before and one behind each shoulder. Up the centre of the corsage are disposed six plaits, of the same material as the dress, narrow at the band and widening to the top, three fold over on each side from the centre, but not fastened close. Down these plaits are disposed loops of silk braid or satin, which gives it a good effect. The sleeve tight to the elbow and full at the top; cuffs trimmed upwards with loops towards the elbow. The skirt is trimmed with satin triangular pieces, with three leaves coming from beneath; all the ornaments corded with satin. Head-dress of rich satin, and velvet toque, feather sand ornaments of pale gold, with emerald sapphire, or any thing to match the necklace.

Fig. 4.

Evening Dress.

Of primrose gauze or crape, over a satin slip. Corsage tight; and very narrow satin cape, with two points at the shoulder. Epaulettes formed of three rows of satin, cut at the edges into leaf-shaped points, and corded-the lower one having five, the middle one six, and the upper one seven leaves. In front of the bust are six leaves of satin, three of which are seen on each side of an upright strap which confines them. Sleeve short: the arm-band is cut with a point, back and front, upwards, and with leaf-shaped or rounded straps, downward. The skirt is trimmed with satin, cut to form two straps to fold in at the bottom and over at the top, about the height of the hem.

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