'Mrs Mussell has got my gown, & I will endeavour to explain what her intentions are.'
Mrs Mussel was a dressmaker and milliner of 9 Queen Street. She was married to the hairdresser William Mussell.
'It is to be a round gown with a jacket'
A round gown was a gown with no centre front opening in the skirt. The round gown was a simple style and it was the precursor to the Empire line gowns which are now what is generally seen as "Jane Austen or Regency style".
'& a frock front, like Cath: Bigg's'
Catherine Biggs and her sisters Elizabeth and Aletha were particular friends of the Austen sisters. They were the daughters of Lovelace Bigg-Withers of Manydown Park, Wootton St Lawrence, Hampshire. The next year after this letter was written their brother Harris would propose marriage to Jane.
|A Drawing of Marydown Park in 1833|