Brrr! It’s cold outside! I love Caroline’s pretty nightgown, but I feel pretty sure that bedtime in the winter would have been a bit uncomfortable for her in this summery gown. I decided to make her something that was a bit warmer but still right for Caroline’s time period and personal style. In Caroline’s Journey book, she lets her guest borrow her spare nightgown, which is described as being covered in pretty embroidery. I am certainly not as talented with a needle as what Caroline is depicted to be, but I gave it my best shot!
I made her this nightgown and cap from Felicity’s Pleasant Company doll clothes patterns. Event hough they are designed to represent the 1770s, I think the style of the nightgown works just fine for Caroline’s time period; it’s pretty simple but has the open neckline that was still common in the 1810s.
The cap she is wearing is called a lappet cap. The flaps that are tied under her chin are called lappets. In the 1700s and 1800s women wore many different styles of that varied based on many factors: religion, marital status, social class, and of course the fashion of the particular time. I am not sure that such a cap would have been stylish for daytime wear in 1812, but I think that it seems likely that such a practical design would have been utilized as a nightcap. If nothing else, Caroline’s grandmother does live with her family, so perhaps some of her old fashioned styles might have influenced Caroline’s wardrobe.
I think that some of the Pleasant Company patterns are little difficult to follow. Sometimes I feel like the directions seem to be out of order; I ran into that a little bit with the pattern for the nightgown, but overall it wasn’t too hard. The cap was fairly straightforward, though the ruffle was pretty tricky. It has to turn a pretty tight corner at the bottom of each lappet, so that took some patience.
Caroline can sleep sound tonight–her new nightclothes and Inkpot will both help to keep her warm!