This transitional gown has been faithfully patterned from an original 1796-1806 museum gown. While the original was striped homespun cotton and linen in a red, white and blue striped variant, this has been made in a cranberry red raw silk twill. This same color can be seen on a regency silk gown being offered for sale with a reputable New England textile dealer's websitehttp://www.vintagetextile.com/. The gown is extremely accomodating-I love this style because it has adjustable ties at the neckline and the waistline! The bodice is lined in cotton muslin and shows the distinct diamond shape cut to the back bodice. The front is gathered along cotton ties at the neckline and waist and has the built-in bust tabs below the outer gathered halves of the front. The mid-length straight sleeves are lined, have gussets, and are set back toward the shoulder blades, typical of the time period, but also opening up the armscye for more utilitarian wear. The waist ties are set inside a casing from the interior side to front so the skirt gathers evenly while the back skirt is pleated to a center inverted pleat. Dress accomodates a bust range from 38"-42" nicely and length of skirt is 43". Hand and machine sewn with no modern stitching visible. A good example of frontier clothing especially in the Pennsylvania/Ohio valley area.