Lady's Monthly Museum, September 1812
For SEPTEMBER, 1812.
It is with regret that we are obliged to inform our fair readers
that the waist is returning to shortness, approaching to deformity;
we are no candidates for the shape
But we hate extremes of all sorts; alas! it is the property of fashion to administer to folly as well as elegance; the gowns are also made very full behind, and short at the skirts; this latter regulation is favorable to the well-turned ancle [sic]; small tucks at the bottom of the gown have been introduced; tab fringe and the fringed back still keep prevalent; but the basket, a poor substitute for the elegant ridicule, is evidently declining in popularity.
Morning Dress,--of plain white muslin, a spencer of primrose, yellow, or green, satin, with boots to match, and cottage bonnet of straw, lined with the same colour as the spencer and boots.
Evening Dress,--of pink or rose coloured satin, ornamented down the center of the body and arms with diamond- shaped satin let into the dress, and trimmed round the edge with lace, ornaments of dead gold; gloves and shoes of white.