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 Hello LJ hive-mind!  I've had this image saved in my files for nearly 10 years, but I have no information about it. 

I have this memory that it is a German swatch book from the 1770s or 1780s, but I can't confirm it and it is making me crazy.  Anyone else recognize it?  Please tell me you took better notes than I did!

Pink Regency Planning Post

Hi!  Did you think I wasn't going to do this?  I know I said that I would do it last week, but I've been running into a bit of a roadblock trying to find images to post.  My problem is that I know exactly what I want, but I can't find any extant garments or fashion plates or paintings that encompass all of the details that I want.  So I think what I'm going to have to do is post images of several dresses and tell you what detail of each one I am taking. 

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A request

Hello my darling, lovely friends (have I told you how pretty you are today?  No really!  You're teeth are so white!  Your hair is so shiny!  Your eyes in that color?  They sparkle!  Have you lost weight?)

Ok, y'all, I totally want something.   I'm trying to find extant gowns with a zone-front.  I have some paintings with zone-fronts, but I'm having a hard time finding actual garments.  Anyone have any in their files? 

If you do, would you be a dear and share?  Pretty please?  You can either post the images in the comments or e-mail me at tayloropolis *at* gmail *dot* com.

Merci!  Merci! 

Heads up

The ever-fabulous demode_kvc posted on her website the other day the fabulous news that the V&A Museum is now allowing high-res downloads of their entire collection for private use.  Did you hear that pop?  That was my head exploding.  Go to their search page, and sign up (you have to give your e-mail and you address, and your status as a "researcher"), then as you browse, you can add up to 30 images at a time to your "cart" for lack of a better word.  Then they will e-mail you the giant images.  Some of them are so detailed you can actually see the stitches.  It's amazing.   Gone are the days of us posting and saying "can you see a seamline?  Does this make sense to you when you squint and tilt your head at a 64 degree angle?"

As if I couldn't possibly love the V&A anymore.

For DC Area Costumers!

Hey guys.  This got posted today on one of the 18th century yahoo lists I belong to.  Thought I would pass it along.  Sounds like an interesting exhibit.

The DAR Museum’s upcoming exhibit “So To Bed” will display a selection of women’s nightgowns and dressing gowns, men’s banyans/dressing robes, and quilts and other textiles. For the 18th century specialist, a tobacco-brown quilted silk banyan of about 1780-1800 from a private collection will be of interest, as will two early 18th century men’s caps from another private collection, one blue silk with silver embroidery, the other, white corded and quilted cotton. A c. 1770 shift and cap, and a man’s shirt with 18th c. plain linen nightcap, will be displayed in a room setting in the gallery, featuring a bed and reproduction indigo bedhangings on loan from Carlyle House in Alexandria, Virginia, and the DAR’s c. 1750-70 indigo resist print wholecloth quilt. A set of hair curling tongs of the 18th century will be displayed on a c. 1770 dressing table.

“So To Bed” also examines the development of the bathroom, as its functions gradually were removed from the bedroom. At the far end of the gallery will be a 1920s bedroom setup, with manikins in silk pajamas, a far cry from the linen shift and shirt which opened the exhibit. The gallery will also display such homely items as a selection of coarse, medium-quality, and finer bedlinens and blankets, and a timeline of nightgowns from 1790-1910. Colonial Williamsburg has graciously helped us with this exhibit. In the gallery, a nightgown and a dressing gown, both of white linen, will be reproduced in full size from originals in the wardrobe of a doll, c. 1785-95, recently purchased by, and not yet displayed at, Williamsburg. A printed cotton banyan and embroidered cap, exact replicas of originals in the CW collection, will be on a manikin in our 18th century library. Our period rooms become an extension of the gallery exhibit, with bedrooms featuring stunning quilts and counterpanes, and manikins dressed for the period each room represents. A c.1820 dressing sacque, petticoat, and charming cap will accompany a framed medallion quilt in our South Carolina bedroom; a c.1840 printed cotton wrapper with period cap will adorn a manikin beside our elaborately draped 1840s bed in the Illinois room, and a luxurious 1890s teagown will be worn in the Ohio parlor (to demonstrate that teagowns were NOT bedroom attire, but afternoon hostess gowns).

In all, nine period rooms will contain bedcoverings, manikins, and/or doll beds and doll clothing relating to the exhibit. “So to Bed” opens Friday May 4th and closes at the end of September. Admission is free. The DAR Museum gallery is open M-F 9:30-4, Sat. 9-5, closed Sundays. Period room tours with docents are available 10-3 during the week, 9-5 Saturdays; self-guided tours available when docents are not. NOTE: the DAR is closed on Federal holidays and for two weeks midsummer for the annual DAR national conference. Check our website, www.dar.org, for details of open and closed dates before traveling, or phone ahead to 202-879-3241.


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Hey there, guys.  Thanks for helping me avert a meltdown.  After what ya'll said, and consulting a few more people, I've decided to keep the silver trim on the gown.   I did find a few more examples of contrasting trim.  For example:



Yeah, I know that isn't really at all like my trim, but it is still something other than self fabric (and so pretty!)

And, as sweet_lil_yank pointed out, fashion plates were meant to be copied, and that is what I'm doing, to an extent. 

You guys are the best, thanks :)

As for actual progress,  I did finally finish the sleeves.  Whew.    But I'm still having lining issues.  I've found that I need to piece the lining because it is actually smaller than the bodice.  No wonder it was wrinkly.  But it is right at the back of the neck, and I can't seem to get it by myself.  I'm telling you, I need to go ahead a train me up a little monkey assistant who can just hop up on my shoulders and reach things that I cant.  That would make my life easier.  Where can I get a sewing monkey?

18th century bag

Today, while trolling about on the internet looking for 18th century bags and purses, I came across this little beauty:


And a larger version here

I think it's quite lovely, but I'm not certain about the date.  They call it "18th century" so I went to the website of the historic site that owns it, and the woman who made it was said to live in the house from 1780-1823.  I know almost nothing about bags and purses of the 18th century, but I know they weren't really common as accessories until the skin-hugging styles of the Federal/Empire period made pockets impractical.  Anyone have an opinion of the potential date of this little beauty?

Interesting 1750 French purse:  HERE

Similarly-shaped "18th century" purse, also from France: HERE

64 Images of purses from the 18th-early 20th century (though the 18th century ones are what I would call "wallets"): HERE

And then this little sketch "from Diderot" but who knows?


Anyone else have any?  Please share!

1790s Jacket

Ok. I have 2 questions/comments about this image from KCI:



1. Look how low cut it is!!  Scandalous.  I don't know much about fashion after 1785 or so, but I know that if I wore stays cut this low, I couldn't leave my house.  Do you think it's just the mannequin they are using or is it actually so low cut?

2.  The fringe.  LOVE IT!  What do you think this is made out of?  I don't recall seeing fringe like this before, and I'd love to see a close up shot of it.  Has anyone else come across this type of trim?