[No: XVI | February 1, 2014 | By Viveka Hansen]
Every detail of this late 1840s garment has been sewn by hand and much of the work would unquestionably require an experienced dressmaker, especially the link between skirt and bodice with its many complicated features, as is also the case with the bodice in general. On the other hand, the many long seams of running stitches in the skirt may well have been done by a girl apprentice or sent out to a seamstress specialising in this kind of simpler seam work. This is the second short essay concentrating on the skilled dressmaking on one single Victorian dress from the Whitby Museum Costume Collection.To explain further the choice of facts in my research, it has not been possible to localise the origin of the woven or printed material used in the manufacture of clothes – like in such an 1840s dress. Close studies of books of samples etc relating to the myriad of businesses involved in both the weaving and printing of cloth is virtually impossible during this period when no clues survive as to either specific regions or individual manufacturers. Especially if one bears in mind that many of the more exclusive qualities of material were imported from abroad for the British market.
– Hansen, Viveka, ‘The Textile History of Whitby 1700-1914’, (Extracts from Chapter 5 & research material for the forthcoming book). PUBLISHED JUNE 15TH, 2015.
PLEASE REFERENCE AS FOLLOWS:
– Hansen, Viveka, ‘Dress in checked Silk Fabric – late 1840s’, TEXTILIS (February 1, 2014); http://textilis.net/ (Accessed: Day/Month/Year)