A year after I started planning it, I finally finished the 1837 dress.
I started with the 1837 Day dress from Museum of Costume at Bath which is the book, "The Cut of Women's Clothes 1600-1930" by Norah Waugh. The dress pattern is shown at the bottom of the post.
I changed the gathered bodice to pleating at the front and split the back pieces so I could have more shape in it, and put piping in.
Unfortunately, it's hard to see these details in this fabric print.
The fabric is a reproduction fabric from Reproduction Fabrics
I really wanted a dark blue silk ribbon or maybe velvet to go with the dress, but I ran out of time and this was the closest I could find. In real life, it didn't look so shiny....
I also changed the sleeves a bit and don't have the gathered section. I did keep the skirt style of pleats in the front and gathered in the back. I didn't gather the sleeves, I used pleats because I love the crisp look of that a lot better.
Fabric: Cotton reproduction print from Reproduction Fabrics
Pattern: Started with an original pattern from The Cut of Women's Clothes and tweaked to fit in details from the period that I preferred
Year: 1837 because the pattern I started with was, but it could pass for any of the later 1830 years I think
Historical Accuracy: It was completely hand-sewn, and the fabric print is accurate along with the fabric type since cotton was frequently used for day dresses in this time
Time Spent: Including the planning and procrastinating, a year. Not including the time it took to size the pattern up and tweak it, the actual sewing only took about three or four days of working on it.