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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.

Doll Eliza is a favorite toy of one of the little girls, dressed in a pink silk dress, as seen in the Nathanial Dance portrait of the Pybus family. Her elegant silk and brocade slippers are all handmade.

The finished product - left, reproduction, showing the use of the tassels; and the original at Colonial Williamsburg, right

Of course they wore colorful fabrics in the 18th century, and if you didn't have enough for a gown, you made a jacket! Replica, left.

This unadorned but interesting gown is the type worn by servants and the lower classes, or by middle class women for informal daywear. This one-piece style with closed skirts is called a "round gown," which was put on over the head. The apron-front skirt tied around the waist, and when the bodice was settled on and fastened, no separation (except for slits in the side-front skirts of the ‘apron’) would be evident.

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…

How to make an 18th century doll - start with lots of research! Here's a few of the images - out of dozens and dozens - we used for inspiration and information.

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.