Sunday, October 19, 2014

Journal Journaey into the year 1811: October is here and boy has it gotten chilly!

I'm all caught up and it feels really amazing to be back on track. I really have learned so much, and its close to and end. I will be sad when everything is finished, to be sure. But stick around, I'm SURE there will be more adventures in years to come ;). In the meantime, enjoy October, a rather simple month but still here.

Plate 22. - Walking Dress
A round french robe with bishop sleeves of fine jaconot muslin, ornamented at the feet and wrists with a crescent border of needlework.  A square neckercheif of fine muslin in folds.  A short roman coat of amber or bright buff sarsnet, without sleeves, cut low around the bosom and trimmed with a fall of french lace; ornamented round the bottom and up the front with a crescent border corresponding with the robe in shaded chenille.  A mountain hat, composed of the same material and ornamented with white crape.  A founding cap of the same, with an autumnal flower in front.  Half boots of buff kid parasol of crimson velvet; and gloves of pale limerick.  We take upon us to remark, that the length of the waist in this plate may be considered in the extreme as a dew of our fair country-women seem disposed to depart from a becoming modiocrity in this particular. 

(I'll say, that waist is atrociously long! Ew! All this up and down of the waistline is giving me the bends. If you don't know what that is google it. Other than that there is little comment I have on it other than it does very little good if you talk about the front at length but only show us the back.)

Plate 23 - Evening Dress
A round robe  of lavender or lilac crape, with full turkish long sleeve, and roman bodice worn over an under-dress of white satin.  A round tucker of paris net, edged with antique lace, with cuffs to correspond.  Broach and clasp of pale topaz; neck chain and cross of the same.  Head-dress in the eastern style, composed of the hair in curls and ringlets, confined in a caul of silver net, fastened with a chinese pin at the back of the head, and in front with a knot of brilliants.  White satin slippers with silver clasp; gloves of french kid and fan of silver frosted crape.  Occasional scarf of french lace. 

(This is really not an improvement, and the hair net or caul or whatever looks to me like a filled diaper of hair...i mean really. There is so much potential here that just fell so short.)

Allegorical Wood-Cut with Patterns of British Manufacture

No. 1. A lilac and white moscow checked sarasnet, for dinner or evening dresses: trimmed of chinese fringe, thread lace, or white beats are appropriate for dresses of this light article with jewelry ornaments to correspond.  They are like most of the evening robed made with demi trains and many ladies adopt the short full sleeve. 

No. 2. A purple striped iris net, calculated for the above order of costume.  This article is usually worn over a white sarsnet or satin slip, and trimmed with white lace or silk fringe. 

No. 3. A jonquil shawl-pattern cambric, belonging to the domestic or intermediate order of dress.  Robes of this article are usually made plain, sitting close to the form, in wraps or high gowns, with long sleeves, rather large, and trimmed round the throat and at the wrists with lace.  

no. 4. is also an article for morning or domestic decoration, and is called the palm-leaf imperial striped cambric.  It is formed in plain robes as above.

(An entire series of prints! There is everything novel and delightful here to be seen and i want dress lengths of it all.)

1 comment:

  1. Oh my! The ensembles for October are truly no eyecandy, but I really got excited about the mention of the Limerick Gloves in the first fashion plate. I've recently read about them, being made of chicken skin (?) and are the finest quality, in fact they are so thin, they would fit in a walnut. I guess they could therefore be worn only once and probably are very's a link to them at the Museum of Leathercraft: