An eighteenth century outfit made for a friend has been sent off to her…but in case you missed the previous blog posts that show the various hand sewn costume elements, I have created a gallery showing the progression (click on any image for a larger version and then scroll through the gallery using the arrows on the sides):
Ensemble: these are the pieces of clothing made to fit my friend’s doll, including: Chemise; Under Petticoat; pocket; Quilted Petticoat; Corset; and Robe.
Dress stand: I carved a wooden dress stand, partly to display the ensemble on, but also to hold everything in place during mailing.
Chemise: a linen chemise, with tatted lace at the neckline and a silk drawstring.
Cotton Under Petticoat: This petticoat ties at the waistband and has knitted lace at the hem..
Pocket: Embroidered, bound with silk ribbon, and tied at the waist.
Quilted Petticoat: This is an outer garment…it is made from two panels of cloth, joined at the sides, but leaving an opening so the lady could have access to her pocket! This petticoat is made of heavy weight silk which was expensive, so it is only used on the front panel and at the back hem! The rest is linen, except for the lining which is a light weight silk lining.
Corset: This outfit has a brocade corset, worn outside the chemise, and over the quilted petticoat. The corset is boned and busked for support, and because it is pretty fabric, she doesn’t need an additional stomacher.
Robe: the sack back robe is pinned into place under the front folds…the outfit is complete!
We are very happy to say that the ensemble arrived safely at its destination…