The round gown came into popularity in the last quarter of the 18th century. It is closed in the front and does not have a separate petticoat. Instead, the skirt is completely circular (hence, “round gown” and the front panel is sewn to a separate waistband. The side skirt seams are open for 6-8 inches at the top as most 18th century skirts are – these are the pocket slits. In the case of the round gown, the front panel drops down from the waist via the pocket slits, and is tied in place before the front of the gown is fastened. I found two examples of brocade round gowns on the internet, one in pink and one in green. I had some pink damask in The Stash so I decided to use that. I did not have enough for a gown and petticoat, which is another reason I chose to go with a round gown.
Pattern is JP Ryan Robe à l’Anglaiseo r English Nightgown.