18th Century Red Shortgown L/xl Revolutionary War, Colonial, Women's, Reenactor
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18th Century Red Shortgown L/xl Revolutionary War, Colonial, Women's, Reenactor :
This is an sale for a women's shortgown, handmade by myself in 100% cotton. The color is a lovely brick red and natural creamy off-white with a windowpane plaid design.
Shortgowns may date back just prior to the Revolutionary War of America, but certainly became more popular during this period. Although the bedgown (or manteau-de-lit) waspopular, the shortgown became more commonplace; perhaps because it needed less fabric and thus more thrifty for the household budget. This was a garment considered decidedly "casual" or "working class", and while respectable, not considered high-class attire.
Please note that the apron is not included in this sale. Shortgownsare almost always worn secured by an apron, so I included a few shots giving a sense of how it is more typically worn.
This is an excellent piece for the beginning re-enactor, or a museum guide piece, as the loose fit means you do not necessarily need stays for a reasonable lower-class portrayal. (Note: I'm not saying you shouldn't wear stays or that a corset doesn't make a difference! Just that if you are starting out, you may not have the money, ability, or access to a corset.)
Shortgowns are designed to be loose-fitting and adjustable to a woman's figure - if you need absolute measurements let me know and I'll help you out. I can state fairly confidently that it will fit a size 12/14. After having a baby, my bust became...well, shall we sayenhanced after breast-feeding?...and this simply didn't fit as well as it did before. Too bad...as I really like this shortgown!
This is a seasoned re-enactor's garment, and so may have the odd faint stain. But I consider this is more clothing that costume! There are a few small pinholes in the back of the garment, but other than that, is in very good, used condition.
I really would like this garment to go to an appreciative home...so please contact me if you have any questions about this item.
Good luck, have a fun and safe season, and happy offerding!