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Silk Brocade Bodice, 1750-70

Side view, bodice, French blue faille ground, patterns of ivory lace and garden flowers in red and plum shades, homespun linen bodice lining.

Engageantes are false sleeves worn with women's clothing.

Detail sleeve, Robe à la francaise, probably Portugal, c. Salmon coloured ribbed silk, lavishly embroidered with floral motifs. Museu Nacional do Traje

ephemeral-elegance:  Silk Brocade Caraco Jacket, ca. 1740-45 via Kerry Taylor Auctions

Sky blue brocaded silk caraco jacket, circa with winged cuffs, short peplum skirt with two faux pockets, green ribbon ties to the front

Detail front view, levite or round gown, The Netherlands, 1780-1800. Sky blue silk taffeta with a light blue silk sash.

Detail front view of an antique blue dress, levite or round gown. The Netherlands, Sky blue silk taffeta with a light blue silk sash.

Ornamented Being

Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum I suppose that the overdress is fastened to the stomacher with buttons? I love this open jacket look.

Casaquin 1720-1750 Musée Galliera de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

Galliera Fashion Museum of the City of Paris. Period creation / execution quarter century Vintage creation / execution: Between 1730 , vêtement féminin

French, c. 1780

happytailor: ““ Robe à la Polonaise ca. 1780 The Met Museum ” ”

Backside Linen petenlair or open bodice (back view) with compere fronts and sack back, Scottish, © CSG CIC

Mantua ca. 1745, Colonial Williamsburg

Mantua ca. Some of these fabrics and patterns are things we would use today as tablecloths etc. I saw one dress that looked like the pinafore had been made out of a movers blanket!