1800 muslin gown: 18th century sleeves covered the elbow. With the transition to the new, lightweight gowns, sleeves began to shorten. Long sleeves were still in use for daywear, but sleeves for evening wear were generally shorter. Early on, sleeves were straight but ss puff sleeves replaced straight sleeves, the gathering was still concentrated at the back. Throughout this period the direction of the fullness of the sleeve is increasingly outward, not upward.