Our first tartan dress makes its grand entrance into the Atelier Serraspina catalog! To tell the truth, I fell utterly in love with tartan dresses when I saw season 1 of the Outlander TV show long ago. Remember the dress Claire Fraser wore at the MacKenzie Clan Gathering? Well, I've been dreaming of making one of those because I love tartan so much!
For this first dress, I chose the Black Watch tartan, first because it is one of the most famous tartan fabrics, and I love its dark tones.
Our Black Watch Tartan Dress
Inspired by the models worn in Europe and the United States at the end of the 18th century, this historical costume will be perfect for all your historical reenactments.
The Black Watch Tartan Dress, just like all LOUISE D'ÉPINAY 18th-century dresses from the store, comes in one piece. The bodice and train are sewn to both sides of the skirt's front panel. The whole gown has a very generous volume of fabric.
The fitted linen bodice is fully lined with cotton poplin. Its square neckline closes at the front with a band of eyelets on either side of the opening. A delicate lace ribbon trims the end of the preformed elbow sleeves
About the Black Watch Tartan
This tartan bears the name of the famous 42nd Royal Highland Regiment (The Black Watch), the premier Highland Regiment. First raised in 1729, as four Independent Companies of Highlanders to patrol and keep the peace within the Highlands. Their complement was increased in 1739 and the companies formed into a regiment. The Black Watch has a long record of military service to the nation. They were called “Freiceadan Dubh” by the Highlanders in allusion to the sombre colours of their tartan and to their employment as Watchers over the Highlands. The tartan is claimed to be of Campbell origin.