This is a cotton dress I made for Fort George. It has the typical Empire waist of the period and is made in a small print . The front bodice has gathers under the bust, while the skirt is flat. The back skirt has a gathered waistline, which adds fullness to the back of the dress. The neckline has a drawstring to adjust the fit. The small puffed sleeves are designed to fit tight to the upper arm at the cuff to keep them in place.
What you cannot see is the matching petticoat and under bodice. This is a tight fitted bodice, rather like a lightly boned corset. This is such an easy style to wear and suits many figure types!