It is characterized by a fabric called cretonne, which is a strong cotton cloth with a very specific print such as this :
A close-up for a better view of the print:
Washerwomen, one of them is wearing a provençal cap.
I will be making the red dress and the blue spencer as seen on the plate above.
For the dress, I'm using as always the bib-front pattern from Janet Arnold from her "Patterns of fashion" with some alterations, since I am sewing a working class dress there won't be a train and also short simple sleeves.
So far, I finished the bodice and have attached the back of the skirt to the bodice. Everything is handsewn so it takes a lot of time to make, but I prefer it instead of machine stitches which I find breaks a lot easier.
I also bought regency looking shoes from amazon, and I love them, they're perfect for a working class lady. The shipping was very fast, I received them in a week, and also the price is very interesting! I ordered the brown ones, but I will definitely buy more shades.
You can purchase them here :
And here are some pictures :
The back finished. The lighting makes it look pink, but in real it is red.