Decorated borders and hems on dresses are pretty prevalent throughout the Regency period. This dress with strawberries is super-fabulous; here it is with its peers, which are dresses from about 1804-7 with a wide border at the hem consisting of a repeating fruit or floral motif in crewel or polychrome embroidery which extends in a single stripe up to the waistband, while the rest of the dress is of a plain, solid color (usually white) with no sprigging,striping, et c.
French, ca. 1805, cotton with wool embroidery, now held at the Met. Hem border goes all the way around; waist and cuffs have smaller matching motif. From the Cora Ginsburg auction catalog: “CREWEL EMBROIDERED DRESS, French, ca. 1805, This gown is believed to have belonged to the Comtesse de Pontèves-Bargème, née Marie Antoinette de Paul (1787–1854) who married Louis Balthasar Alexandre, Comte de Pontèves-Bargème (1781–1868) on April 16, 1804. One of the oldest noble families of Provence, the Pontèves-Bargème resided in the Château d’Ansouis from the twelfth century onward.” http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/170705
This one doesn’t precisely fit my theme, but it’s pretty close, and a very interesting variation. Christie’s says the Kyoto collection has a similar one, which I don’t think I’ve seen a photo of. Embroidered silk crepe, ca. 1810. Flower-and-leaf motif repeats in graduating size down left shoulder, diagonally from bust to side seam, and around back hem, with a single motif on the sleeve. No other photos from Christie’s, so I don’t know whether the decoration appears anywhere else on the dress. http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/a-rare-ivory-silk-crepe-dress-circa/5018383/lot/lot_details.aspx?pos=2&intObjectID=5018383&sid=&page=8
ca 1805-10, cotton with wool embroidery. Large raspberry motif makes diagonal across front from waist to hem, and continues around hem. Smaller motif in same colors at hem, cuffs, and neckline. Can’t find a permalink for the item page in the collection at Musee les Arts Decoratifs, but here’s their caption: “Robe, France, vers 1805-1810 Mousseline de coton, broderie de laine au passé, dentelle aux fuseaux type Valenciennes Don Marie-Claude Dumoulin, 1997 Inv. 997.22.1”
“Broderie Transversale.” An 13 (1804?), Costume Parisien. http://www.flickr.com/photos/51592109@N08/4838737638/in/set-72157624478988677/
Costume Parisien, An 13. http://www.flickr.com/photos/51592109@N08/4838126205/
Costume Parisien, An 13. http://www.flickr.com/photos/51592109@N08/4838124419/
Costume Parisien, An 13. Pansies. http://www.flickr.com/photos/51592109@N08/4838127267/
Costume Parisien, An 13. http://www.flickr.com/photos/51592109@N08/4838740998/
Costume Parisien, An 13. http://www.flickr.com/photos/51592109@N08/4838741662/
La Belle Assemblee, 1807. Artificial flowers. http://www.victoriana.com/Fashion/1800sclothing/AntiqueDress1807.html
Costume Parisien, An 14. (1807?) No good source link.
White on white (which are mostly diagonal and mostly have trains):
Cotton muslin with cotton embroidery. Musee les Arts Decoratifs. Robe à traîne, France, 1804-1806 Mousseline de coton, broderie de coton au points lancé et de nœuds Coll. UFAC, don Solange Chappée, 1961 Inv. 61-14-19.AB
Cotton. Ca 1807. http://www.meg-andrews.com/item-details/Mary-Bests-Dress/7491
Cotton. Ca. 1805. No good source link.
1805. Ball gowns. http://album.aufeminin.com/album/812942/lizzy-et-elinor-19599187.html
“Ca 1800.” http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/223452.html?mulR=11690%7C88