An 18th-century Round-Gown
The mantua gives LOUISE all its 1780 English gown character. It is made of a fitted bodice, lined with cotton poplin. Its square neckline closes at the front with a band of eyelets on either side of the opening. A ribbon trims nicely trims the end of the preformed elbow sleeves.
How to dress
The LOUISE D'ÉPINAY dress is to be put on as follows: you slip your dress over your head through the opening. Then you adjust the skirt panel by tying the ties around the waist, like an apron. Once the skirt is in place, we slip your arms through the sleeves of the dress mantua that you'll tie at the front, passing a ribbon through the eyelets on either side of the opening.
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.
A bum pad is available in the shop, here: https://atelier-serraspina.com/products/suzie-18th-century-bum-pad.