“I cannot determine what to do about my new Gown; I wish such things were to be bought ready made.”
letter to Cassandra
December 25, 1798 
In Jane’s day (it seems, I’m not entirely clear on this) fabric had to be purchased and then someone else hired to make up the dress, and I think the client had to provide a good deal of direction in some cases. Is anyone out there an expert on 18th century fashion?