Your topic sounds intriguing, but your focus is too broad for us to give you a good answer. If you narrow your scope and describe your topic some more, we can help you from there. What types of sources do you already have?
At the moment I have plenty of secondary sources and I have looked at the MET for examples of the dresses and found that very helpful. Now I am looking for a primary document such as letters and fashion journals that describe the style.
It would be very helpful if I could access them from the internet.
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After some searching, I have found one place that could assist in your empire fashion research. The Massachusetts Historical Society has numerous manuscript collections that address fashion topics and are centered in your time frame. http://www.masshist.org/ The society's search engine ABIGAIL will help find the manuscripts you need.
The most relevant find is the Smith-Townsend Family Papers extends from 1670-1892 and contains information on fashions: http://www.masshist.org/collection-guides/view/fa0257?terms=empire%20fashion
Hopefully this gets you started!