There is only one on display right now. One. Boo.
But it was a pretty one, so it was worth it. Another plus, it was displayed in such a way that I could get really, really close to it. So nice to see all the detail!
Scroll on down. I took lots of pictures.
|"Silk plain weave (taffeta) with silk |
England, circa 1775
|Notice the seam down the center front of the petticoat.|
|Notice the pinked trim on the bodice.|
The pinking on the right side of the point
is a different size than on the left. Also,
notice the piecing happening on the front of
|Notice the treatment of the inner elbow.|
|Notice how the pinked, pleated trim is attached |
to the edge of the skirt. It is not stitched down the
center of the trim. It is stitched with 2/3's of the trim
over the edge of the fabric.
|If you look closely, you can see the a triangular |
panel, or gore, set into the side of the skirt.
It is like this on both sides.
|The pinked trim appears to be folded over on the raw |
edge, at the hem.
And in case you were wondering, according to the little plaque next to the dress, the fichu (M.80.190.6) is "Cotton plain weave (muslin) with cotton embroidery" from Europe circa 1775. The pair of engageantes (M.84.16.1a-b) are "Cotton plain weave (muslin) with cotton embroidery," probably from France, circa 1750.