[No: XVI | 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 “Textile Thought” concentrating on the skilled dressmaking on one single Victorian dress from the Whitby Museum Costume Collection.To be continued with more extracts…
[Extract (Chapter 5 & research material) for the forthcoming book ‘The Textile History of Whitby 1700-1914’, see “NEWS”]. 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)