Muslin Dresses about 1800, Hamburg Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe. THIS is what is meant by "muslin" in Jane Austen's works, American friends! Naturally, a lady wore a chemise, stays and petticoat beneath. Our American muslin is what the Engish call "calico."
Spotted muslin dress, ca 1909 I have fallen in love with muslin of late. Unfortunately THIS type of muslin is difficult, at best, to find in the U.S. I learned it is an Egyptian Cotton muslin and solf in the U.K., but may be even hard to find there these days.
Dress: ca. 1845, white cotton muslin edged with bobbin lace. "'proper young women, 'never go into a passion, have no will of their own, never laugh out loud, or go anywhere without a gentleman, or take cheese at dinner.'"