Linen robe a L’Anglaise

Here are some images of a recently completed Robe a l’Anglaise- also referred to as an English nightgown, a closed robe gown, and a round gown. This style of gown dates to the second half of the 18th century.

robe a l'anglaise

This gown is based upon an extant American gown found in Fitting and Proper and it’s construction techniques based upon gowns from both Patterns of Fashion and Costume in Detail.

   Colonial era gown  en fourreau back
View of gown back- cut en fourreau

This gown is made from 100% block printed linen. However, the body and sleeves are lined in cotton for both durability and comfort. The front of the skirt falls away to allow the gown to slip easily over the upper body. Once the gown is on, the front of the skirt buttons to the inside of the bodice. The gown closes with hook and eyes.

robe a l'anglaise
Full view of gown front

About Susan

Hi! My name is Susan and I am a historian, seamstress, teacher, mother, and wife. My passion for history has manifested itself in the art of recreating clothing from different periods of time. Growing up in the American South, I am heavily schooled in the art of recreating clothing from the 19th century. After nearly a decade of immersing myself primarily in the Victorian period, I found the need to branch out and explore other periods of time. However, it is my connection with the American South and the clothing of rural America that continues to be the driving force behind my designs.