A quote from the P&P miniseries, but not the book. It's the scene where Lizzie's party is getting ready to leave Rosings Park, and Maria Lucas is un-packing and re-packing her dresses because "last night Lady Catherine was so severe about the only right way to lay gowns that I couldn't sleep! And I'm determined to start afresh."
It sets me wondering: what is the best way of storing a regency gown? I have finished a simple white cotton gown, and am currently hanging it on a hanger, but it's considerably heavier than a modern dress and I wonder if I could be stretching the bodice out of shape. It's light-weight fabric, but there's a lot of it!
I know women had wardrobes and trunks for clothes storage, but I wonder how the clothes were put away in them. Folded? Hung? Rolled up?
Post by dawnluckham on Oct 20, 2015 9:47:25 GMT -5
If you're looking for a period answer to your question, hangers are a more modern invention. During the Regency era, garments were either hung from a peg or they were folded flat. Personally, I hang my gowns... prevents having to iron for hours. I haven't noticed that I've caused damage by hanging on a hanger. However, if your gown is made of very fine fabric with heavy trim at the hem, you may wish to lay your gown instead of hanging.