Great minds do indeed think alike! It was quite a task to find any information about this type of shirt. Like me she really loved the shirt that Romola had worn in 'Emma' (see below), so that was the basis for the design.
The only images I could find anywhere of an extant Regency shirt for a lady were these:
|-from Augusta Auctions. Tasha Tudor Collection c.1820|
Met Museum c.1824
As my customer liked the look of the collared shirt of Romola's, we went for a simple design, with Dorset buttons down the front, and one at each cuff. I had managed to get my hands on some lovely and soft Irish linen, so that was the fabric decided upon.
And here we are:
Over the weekend I quickly ran up a basic day dress for the shirt, from some lovely fabric which I bought at our sewing shop in town, which is now fully stocked with gorgeous fabrics....bliss!!
Linen Shirt under Drawstring Sleeveless Dress
Phew, I was hoping to squeeze in a blog post during April somehow! I am in the process of looking for a new house with a (hopefully) much bigger workroom, so it is all go at the moment!