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Replica gown - 1775 "Phebe Massey" dress - re-created by me from an extant dress in Broomall, PA.  Completely hand-sewn; chestnut brown silk; apron-front style skirt; 3/4 shaped sleeves; unusual 1-inch  'growth tuck' at hemline (usually only done on children's garments). Lined with antique linen. Exact pattern taken from original garment.

Replica gown - 1775 "Phebe Massey" dress - re-created by me from an extant dress in Broomall, PA. Completely hand-sewn; chestnut brown silk; apron-front style skirt; 3/4 shaped sleeves; unusual 1-inch 'growth tuck' at hemline (usually only done on children's garments). Lined with antique linen. Exact pattern taken from original garment.

A chocolate brown silk 'Quaker' dress, circa 1818.  A chocolate brown silk 'Quaker' dress, circa 1818. with draw-string to raised waist and neck, with note attached stating it was 'worn by Elizabeth Banks Palmer in 1818', together with a plain linen waist pocket and a padded cotton bum-roll (3). - See more at: http://kerrytaylorauctions.com/one-item/?id=35&auctionid=402#sthash.2UNjdMjp.dpuf

Lot: A chocolate brown silk 'Quaker' dress, circa with, Lot Number: Starting Bid: Auctioneer: Kerry Taylor Auctions, Auction: Antique and Vintage Fashion and Textiles, Date: October 2014 UTC

Brown silk round gown with accessories. A frilled 'tucker' edges the low neckline, and a strand of plain "gold" beads are worn, tied in back with a ribbon. A fine linen apron ties about the waist, and has a "pinner" top and pointed center waist front .Either a plainly-dressed mistress or an upper-class  housemaid, the lady wears a very full, round-eared white linen cap with ruffles and frills over her bouffant hairdo.

Brown silk round gown with accessories. A frilled 'tucker' edges the low neckline, and a strand of plain "gold" beads are worn, tied in back with a ribbon. A fine linen apron ties about the waist, and has a "pinner" top and pointed center waist front .Either a plainly-dressed mistress or an upper-class housemaid, the lady wears a very full, round-eared white linen cap with ruffles and frills over her bouffant hairdo.

Fashionable lady in polonaise gown, c. 1780. Polonaise gown, hand-painted and hand-sewn reproduction of extant ensemble at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; silk calash, replica of extant item in the collection of Pottsgrove Manor. Exotic goods from the East were always highly desirable in fashionable European society, whether they were home furnishings of rare woods, ladies’ ivory fans, or textiles for expensive garments.

Fashionable lady in polonaise gown, c. 1780. Polonaise gown, hand-painted and hand-sewn reproduction of extant ensemble at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; silk calash, replica of extant item in the collection of Pottsgrove Manor. Exotic goods from the East were always highly desirable in fashionable European society, whether they were home furnishings of rare woods, ladies’ ivory fans, or textiles for expensive garments.

Yes, regency-era ladies did wear undergarments! This ensemble starts with a completely hand stitched, short-sleeved shift with low neckline controlled by a casing. Look closely to see cross-stitiched initials in the center front. One option for keeping one's figure under control were 'short stays', with a high waist and bust gussets. Overall is worn a soft linen dressing gown with scalloped ruffles and a double collar. Old-fashioned brocade mules are her footwear.

Yes, regency-era ladies did wear undergarments! This ensemble starts with a completely hand stitched, short-sleeved shift with low neckline controlled by a casing. Look closely to see cross-stitiched initials in the center front. One option for keeping one's figure under control were 'short stays', with a high waist and bust gussets. Overall is worn a soft linen dressing gown with scalloped ruffles and a double collar. Old-fashioned brocade mules are her footwear.

Hand-painted Dress. Like the original, a two-piece ensemble. The petticoat motifs were places and cut from fabric panels to match the placing of the 1780's designs.Completely hand-painted and hand-sewn. Simple trimming at neck and sleeves  -silk organza ruffling with narrow vintage lace edges.  Silk calash.

Front view of Painted dress, a reproduction of gown and petticoat ensemble in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Shown with purple silk calash, silk mitts and workbag purse

My personal re-creation of a MMA 1780s painted gown and petticoat. All 12 yards of white silk,  handpainted; and the gown and petticoat completely handsewn; added ruffled frills to finish the necka dn sleeves are silk organza and antique lace edging.

The finished dress made up. Completely hand-painted and hand-sewn. Simple trimming at neck and sleeves-silk organza ruffling with narrow vintage lace edges.

Renaissance gown; Side view and sleeve details  Sleeves are clasped with mother of pearl cabochons in gold settings. Gown is worn over a full-sleeved silk chemise with embroidered and leced edges.  The headdress is also taken from a Renaissance portrait.

Side view and sleeve details Sleeves are clasped with mother of pearl cabochons in gold settings. Gown is worn over a full-sleeved silk chemise with embroidered and leced edges. The headdress is also taken from a Renaissance portrait.

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