LACMA inspiration, my interpretation on the right; Cotton print 'ramoneur' cape. completely hand-sewn, including that 8 inch wide ruched edging. Cape and trim took just under 10 yards of 45" wide fabric to make.

LACMA inspiration, my interpretation on the right; Cotton print 'ramoneur' cape. completely hand-sewn, including that 8 inch wide ruched edging. Cape and trim took just under 10 yards of 45" wide fabric to make.

A colorized version of a dress in the Kyoto collection (original-blue and white linen toile); and the realization of the design - with differently shaped panniers - in yellow silk taffeta.

A colorized version of a dress in the Kyoto collection (original-blue and white linen toile); and the realization of the design - with differently shaped panniers - in yellow silk taffeta.

Fashion trends come and go; one  was a passion for dark-grounded textiles, used particularly for women’s clothing items. Colorways were made in dark green, grey, and rusty reds, but dark brown and black were especially popular. Because of their darker ‘sooty’ hues, these fabrics were termed “ramoneur” (the chimney sweep). Printed on both cotton and linen, ramoneur fabrics were used in women’s clothing of all types, from outerwear to dresses to American shortgowns.

Fashion trends come and go; one was a passion for dark-grounded textiles, used particularly for women’s clothing items. Colorways were made in dark green, grey, and rusty reds, but dark brown and black were especially popular. Because of their darker ‘sooty’ hues, these fabrics were termed “ramoneur” (the chimney sweep). Printed on both cotton and linen, ramoneur fabrics were used in women’s clothing of all types, from outerwear to dresses to American shortgowns.

Eliza, one of the dolls inspired by an actual girl's toy, at the V&A. Like the original, Miss Eliza has a dress with leading strings!

Eliza, one of the dolls inspired by an actual girl's toy, at the V&A. Like the original, Miss Eliza has a dress with leading strings!

Cape, last quarter 18thC, chocolate taffeta, scalloped collar with wavy stitching, lining, laces and hood in plum taffeta, slots to move arms in and out hidden by two flaps. Coutau-Bégarie

Cape, last quarter 18thC, chocolate taffeta, scalloped collar with wavy stitching, lining, laces and hood in plum taffeta, slots to move arms in and out hidden by two flaps. Coutau-Bégarie

Recycling is a Good Thing.  Same petticoat (casings along the slits draw the sides smaller) and the same stomacher. The original silk purchase was 25 yards of 52" wide fabric, so I made a second dress about 15 years after the original Court dress ensemble. This is a robe a la francaise, with full back pleats. One of my favorite dance dresses.

Recycling is a Good Thing. Same petticoat (casings along the slits draw the sides smaller) and the same stomacher. The original silk purchase was 25 yards of 52" wide fabric, so I made a second dress about 15 years after the original Court dress ensemble. This is a robe a la francaise, with full back pleats. One of my favorite dance dresses.

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.

By the 1770s, gowns were constructed with a center-front closing and often had ruffled fabric or ribbon trimming around the neckline, sleeve cuffs and down the bodice center front.

By the 1770s, gowns were constructed with a center-front closing and often had ruffled fabric or ribbon trimming around the neckline, sleeve cuffs and down the bodice center front.

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…

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