This is brought on because I've been studying the Jesuit/Brunswick pictures again. I'm seeing a lot of variation in the fronts; a few clearly button, and a few clearly have a jacket/vest type construction (not always the ones with buttons!), and quite a few seem to have solid fronts with a CF opening. The height of the front can be either low or high to the neck, and more than one appears to fasten to the neck but is worn open for a formal portrait. For trimming, self-fabric trim is by far the most common; one may have fly fringe in the same color as the gown, and one has white gauze on the dress. Contrasting hood linings aren't unusual (either in white or another color). And a good number have white or light-colored frills at neck and/or partially down the front opening and/or at the wrists.
Back to the self trim: Mostly it's in vertical lines down the bodice, either straight or serpentine. Those with the skirt visible often have a straight line of trim down the edge of the gown. (I remember only one gown with visible skirt/petticoat trim more extensive than that.) The lines seem to be more vertical and less curvy the later the portrait is; and of course the sleeve ruffles get a little smaller.
My sprigged fabric is, I think, more typical of an earlier decade; the motifs sort of line up, but there's really no stripe element like the in the 1770s. Since the Jesuit was more popular in the earlier years, I'm going to pretend this was an earlier garment (older fabric, lots of trim) - say, my mother's - that I've updated with a less flamboyant trim design and freshened with new ruffles. And a bigger hood, maybe... I could use some other fabric on the back of the petticoat and pretend I used it to make a bigger hood for the fashionable 1780s hair. And trimmed it with excess trim from the gown itself. ;)
But anyway, it would be way easier and way prettier if I can do this trim with a scalloped punch. I understand that the punching doesn't take long; I'd just need to know how many strips and how wide to make them, so I won't be quite ready tomorrow. ;)