[No: XX | By Viveka Hansen]
Proficiency in making a complete dress, or a skirt and its related bodice, required a trained hand with an understanding of the many factors essential in creating a well-fitting garment. Correct measurements, and if possible multiple fittings during the sewing of the garment, were also vital whether the work was done by professional dressmakers or tailors or simply by a woman sewing at home. This “Textile Thought” includes a closer look of a well preserved silk brocade dress from the early 1870s.
To be continued with more extracts … [Research material and extracts (Chapters 3 & 5) from the forthcoming book ‘The Textile History of Whitby 1700-1914’, see “NEWS”]. PUBLISHED JUNE 15TH, 2015.
PLEASE REFERENCE AS FOLLOWS:
- Hansen, Viveka, ‘Silk Brocade Dress – early 1870s’, TEXTILIS (April 2, 2014); http://textilis.net/ (Accessed: Day/Month/Year)