I just wanted to note that I'm going back and cleaning up some of my older entries, which tend to get a lot of hits through Google. Some have too many hotlinked images, some have incomplete image citations ... I'm also trying to link to images of dressed mannequins rather than use the picture, because of the copyright issue. My entry on the polonaise was full of fashion plates, which I replaced with just a couple and a link to Pinterest - why clutter up the page when I have a very thorough selection of images there? Now it just states that the polonaise was not the standard fitted gown with the skirts tied up, it has no waist seam, rounded skirts, &c. Hmm, perhaps I should add to it to explicitly state that there's no evidence the term "skirts à la polonaise" or "polonaised skirts" existed.
ETA: Here's what I've added, what do you think?
What the fitted gowns with skirts tied up with rings and tapes were
called is somewhat mysterious. A French fashion plate depicting this
can be seen here; the artist or caption-writer used the adjective "rétroussée"
("tied up", "tucked up", ) to describe what they specifically identify
as an anglaise. Thus far, I've been unable to find the phrases "skirts à la polonaise" or "polonaised skirts" at all during the period. However, in the poem "The Ladies Head-Dress", quoted in The Cut of Women's Clothes and The Quaker,
"Chloe" is described as having "her gown be tuck'd up to the hip on each
side". It seems most likely that the French and the English both
described the style with ordinary language, rather than adapting the term "polonaise" - which makes sense, as their polonaise gown was identified more by the cut than by the draping.
ETA2: And a question. I have been sewing 5/16" channels in my stays, to fit one 1/4" reed in each. However, I realized recently that 3/16" reed exists. Do you think two 3/16" reeds would fit snugly in a 5/16" channel? It seems like one reed takes 1/16" ease out of the channel, so logically, two ought to take 1/8" ... but I wanted to see if anyone had experience with that before I ordered reed.