Jane Austen would have worn this style dress. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, whitework became the favored embellishment for fashionable Grecian-style gowns, the latest fashion, with low necks and high waists.
c1825 pink silk gown. Hem detail. The ruched silk panel is applied to the main fabric and then the strips of pink and lilac finish it beautifully. Such a lot of work and detail. The ruching is amazing, you can't see even one stich, yet there are so many underneath the folds.