More fashion headaches

“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 [15]

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?

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  1. lottie

    Hi! I am NOT an expert but, from what I have read, this does appear to be the way clothing was acquired.
    My husband tells me that military uniforms were some of the first objects of clothing that would be “ready made,” that is, made in quantities in set sizes.