A step-by-step guideline on pattern-taking
You don’t have to be a tailor or seamstress in order to take a pattern, but you need to be careful, systematic and observant. Make a note and combine it with a photograph if you come across something of interest. Some garments have needle marks and/or small pieces of thread indicating some sort of prior decoration or alteration. Suppress the urge to remove the small pieces of thread and darning threads they might hold important information.
This dress is said to have belonged to Caroline Augusta Dannemand. She was the daughter of the Danish King Frederik d. 6 and his mistress Bente Rafsted. We know Caroline Augusta died in 1844, at the age of 33. In order to date the dress I made a pattern and compared it with original patterns from the 1840´s.