Project Update: Scheduling

Short update on my patterning!  As I'm working on getting eighteenth century patterns first (so that I could, theoretically, finish writing one book and have it started on the road to publication while I work on taking patterns for the next), I have to work hard to find extant garments - there are very few left in the area. 

So far, I have sourced and am making appointments to pattern:

  • Fitted jacket, French, in a pinkish brocaded silk - ca. 1740?
  • Mantua of mustard-gold damasked silk, ca. 1750, possibly slightly altered
  • Embroidered stomacher, date uncertain
  • Damasked silk dressing gown, early to mid-century
  • Gold silk petticoat, heavily quilted with all-over pattern, no longer on waistband
  • Silk petticoat, quilted with overlapping scale pattern in body, border of something else, 1750-1775?
  • White silk taffeta sacque and petticoat, brocaded with polychrome floral bunches, trimmed with self-fabric and fly-fringe, 1760-1773 (previously patterned)
  • Gowns (anglaises):
    • Blue and white striped lustring (I think), pleated en fourreau, with loops to wear rétroussée
    • With petticoat; remade in the 1780s, but unsure of original date
    • With petticoat, both of mulberry colored damasked silk (probably early or mid-century); remade in 1780s, has loops to wear rétroussée
    • With petticoat, both of pink silk taffeta; pleated en fourreau toward center back, trimmed with scalloped self-fabric edgings, 1775-1780
    • Striped silk, altered in nineteenth century, some self-fabric trim
  • Jacket of pink silk lustring, early 1790s
  • Two transitional muslin gowns of the late 1790s with similar constructions and backs pleated to fit; one has fitted, curved sleeves, and the other fuller and unshaped(one patterned)
  • Possibly a pair of aprons

Now, I do have some gaps.  I'd love to find a really early mantua (good luck, there appear to be only two even in the Met), another sacque, a few more jackets, a jacket or gown with winged cuffs, a non-muslin 1790s gown ... there is certainly space to add more garments, should I come across them, but of course it is difficult to come across them.


  1. I'm really looking forward to your book. I think it is fantastic that you are doing this.

    1. It's very exciting! I can't wait for my two upcoming appointments.


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