Although the vast majority of the body was covered it was permissible for dresses to have plunging necklines. A necklace was often worn which drew even more attention to a woman's breasts. The necks and cuffs of gowns were decorated with silk or linen ruffs. The hair was often worn loose as a symbol of purity.
Evening dress, M.E. Verwer-Offermans, Amsterdam, 1915. Worn for a silver wedding anniversary. Light pink silk gauze over pink satin gown, trimmed with white satin edges with silver thread embroidery. Pink satin sash tied in bow in back.
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Evening dress ca. 1895. Pink silk with woven satin stripe with floral vines in pale yellow, yellow and green. Two pieces plus belt & petticoat. Probably made from older gown from the 1860s. Mode Museum, Antwerp
Basic Elizabethan-blue kirtle, a partlet, chemise, hoopskirt and decorated with trim.
Detail front view, levite or round gown, The Netherlands, 1780-1800. Sky blue silk taffeta with a light blue silk sash.
This is the pattern I'm thinking of using for this years dress. A few adjustments to the sleeves and I think it will look smashing!