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The 'mantua' has the same construction and back 'tails'-somewhat deflated during an evening of 18th century dancing. Just barely visible are the petticoat side 'rosettes' at the terminus of the pocket slits. Years ago, Janet Arnold created a gridded pattern of this outfit; I'm lucky enough to have a copy of it, which was the basis of this ensemble.

The 'mantua' has the same construction and back 'tails'-somewhat deflated during an evening of 18th century dancing. Just barely visible are the petticoat side 'rosettes' at the terminus of the pocket slits. Years ago, Janet Arnold created a gridded pattern of this outfit; I'm lucky enough to have a copy of it, which was the basis of this ensemble.

The gown as worn by the owner.

The gown as worn by the owner.

I love Katherine's dress diary website. Here she demonstrates how to put on an authentic 18th century petticoat with twill tape waistband. Am in the process of making same now.

I love Katherine's dress diary website. Here she demonstrates how to put on an authentic 18th century petticoat with twill tape waistband. Am in the process of making same now.

This dramatic outfit began with a rich black and gold silk damask, in a large floral pattern of the 1740's, and is a closed robe, or "Round" gown. A matched set of embroidered cuffs and stomacher, created in gold bullion, ribbons, sequins and trimmings are based on an original set (in silver) in the Snowshill collection, England. Gown is styled after a portrait of Mrs.Charles Willing, by Feke and decorations after a portrait of Lady Frances Byron, 1733, by J.Highmore.

This dramatic outfit began with a rich black and gold silk damask, in a large floral pattern of the 1740's, and is a closed robe, or "Round" gown. A matched set of embroidered cuffs and stomacher, created in gold bullion, ribbons, sequins and trimmings are based on an original set (in silver) in the Snowshill collection, England. Gown is styled after a portrait of Mrs.Charles Willing, by Feke and decorations after a portrait of Lady Frances Byron, 1733, by J.Highmore.

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18th century fashions-  This dramatic outfit began with a rich black and gold silk damask, in a large floral pattern of the 1740's, and is a closed robe, or "Round" gown.  A matched set of embroidered cuffs and stomacher, created in gold bullion, ribbons, sequins and trimmings are based on an original set (in silver) in the Snowshill collection, England. Gown is styled after a portrait of Mrs.Charles Willing, by Feke and decorations after a portrait of Lady Frances Byron, 1733, by…

18th century fashions- This dramatic outfit began with a rich black and gold silk damask, in a large floral pattern of the 1740's, and is a closed robe, or "Round" gown. A matched set of embroidered cuffs and stomacher, created in gold bullion, ribbons, sequins and trimmings are based on an original set (in silver) in the Snowshill collection, England. Gown is styled after a portrait of Mrs.Charles Willing, by Feke and decorations after a portrait of Lady Frances Byron, 1733, by…

From Head to Toe -18th Century Clothing at Pottsgrove Manor

From Head to Toe -18th Century Clothing at Pottsgrove Manor

1760s - robe a l'anglaise with fourreau style back; blue and cream 'ribbon-stripe' silk repaired and refurbished for display. 18th century quilted petticoat and apron.

1760s - robe a l'anglaise with fourreau style back; blue and cream 'ribbon-stripe' silk repaired and refurbished for display. 18th century quilted petticoat and apron.

About 20 years ago, before access to all the nice museum reference photos, I decided to create the Met's Court Gown. Working from a couple of photos in books, I used my own color preferences - peacock blue and gold.  The panniers aren't quite to proportion of the original- but I'm six feet tall, so they're wide enough for me!

About 20 years ago, before access to all the nice museum reference photos, I decided to create the Met's Court Gown. Working from a couple of photos in books, I used my own color preferences - peacock blue and gold. The panniers aren't quite to proportion of the original- but I'm six feet tall, so they're wide enough for me!

Result of an 18th century inspiration - the gown worn for a Candlelight Tour event at a 1760s historic house.

Result of an 18th century inspiration - the gown worn for a Candlelight Tour event at a 1760s historic house.

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