An 18th-century English Gown "à la Polonaise"
The open dress gives CHARLOTTE all the character of the English Gown. The fitted bodice is entirely boned and lined with cotton poplin. Its square neckline closes at the front by a band of hooks and eyes located on both sides of the opening. In addition, a tie, invisible to the outside, allows adjusting the neckline, once the bodice is closed, to fit perfectly the neckline. The large train of this dress covers the petticoat on the sides and on the back. You can also wear this dress "à la Polonaise", by pulling up the train thanks to ties sewn to the inside of the train. The photos show you both options: the dress worn "à l'anglaise" (the train is left as it is); dress worn "la polonaise" (the train is rolled up).
An 18th-century petticoat
The CHARLOTTE set is completed by the HÉLOÏSE skirt, declined here in dark purple linen. The skirt Héloïse consists of two panels of fabric, joined by the sides whose upper end remains open on each side. This opening allows to easily put on the skirt through the head. Once put on, the garment is tied in the following way: you start tying the ties of the back panel, making a knot on the front; then the front panel adjusts just like an apron, and ties or the back, or on the front with a double turn around the waist. The links are long enough to make this double turn before attaching them. If you are satisfied with only one turn, feel free to cut them to the length that suits you best.The two sides of the skirt are pleated in the style of the 18th century. On the front, the pleats start from the central box towards the sides. On the back, the pleats start from the sides to converge in the middle of the back.
In the presentation photos, the skirt is worn over a bum pad which adds volume to the hips and emphases the thinness of the waist.
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