Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Journal Journey into the Year 1811: Time for August!

Everyone hold onto your pants, I am going to post another month THE NEXT DAY.

I know, right? Its absolute madness.  But don't worry, after October, you will have to wait a month until I post for November!

Plate 10 - Walking Dress.
A high round robe, with full long sleeves, trimmed with vandyke lace at the throat and cuffs, and ornamented round the bottom with a tuscan border in needle-work.  A short capuchin cloak of buff colored shot sarsnet, fastened with broaches on the shoulders, and trimmed with deep chinese silk fringe of the same shade.  A moorish turban bonnet, gathered into a broach in center of forehead.  Purple ridicule, with gold snap and tassels.  Half boots of buff coloured kid.  Parasol with deep Indian awning the same as the cloak.

Child's Dress
A short sleeves spanish vest and trowsers in one, an indian dimitiy waistcoat with long sleeves and collar trimmed with a narrow border of muslin.  High shoes, of purple or black  morocco.  A college cap, of purple velvet with crimson band.

(Isn't this just the cutest thing ever?? Her turban bonnet looks like a big fat delightful bow on her head. Here again in the second month we have a description of a "tuscan border". There is a clearer image of the embroidery, but nothing really revealed. I am really in love with her cloak, as well.  The little boy is to die for as well, look at his little onesie and hat!!)

Plate 11 - Evening Dress
A grecian round robe, with demi-train, of fine indian muslin or italian crape, trimmed with silk or silver fringe; a circassian sleeve, and bosom finished a la chemise.  A roman tunic of sardinian blue satin, confined with correspondent cord and silver buttons in front.  A neck-chain and locket of silver filigree or pearl, with ear-rings and bracelets en suite.  Hair worn flat, waving in curls on the forehead, and confined behind with a row of twisted pearl, the same places across the front.  An occasional scarf of cloak of thread lace.  White satin slippers, with silver clasps.  Gloves of white french kid, and fan of carved ivory.

(Here again we see a round robe, and here again the plate really doesn't reveal much about what that is exactly, other than a lazy way for "dress." The good news is, after this many months and some brain meat working together, we have figured out what exactly they mean by "circassian sleeve". All in all, this is a really sweet and novel ensemble, but nothing too complicated in its make up or description.)

Allegorical wood cut, with patterns of british manufacture.

No 1. A royal regency leno, for evening or full dress, calculated for the turkish robes and roman tunics now so fashionable in elegant circles.  It should be worn over white satin, or sarsnet; and embellished with ornaments of pearl, diamonds, white cornelian, or the satin bead.

No 2. A dove colored imperial gauze, adapted for the same order of costume, and to which the same jewelry ornaments are appropriate.  Trimmings of fine lace, with decorations of wreaths and bouquets for the hair and bosom, are also becoming appendages to this neat and elegant article.

No. 3 A celestial blue pencilled muslin, adapted for the intermediate order of dress.  It is either made high with a trimming of narrow lace around the throat, or formed in a low square bosom, finished with white embossed satin ribbon.  With each the long sleeve is to be preferred, in this as in most other muslin articles.

No. 4 A pink muslin with embossed green spot.  This animated article is confined to the more youthful females, to whom it is most becomingly adapted.  It should invariably be worn over white sarsnet, fine glazed cambric, or satin; and should be formed in the most plain and simple manner.  No jewelry ornaments but white can be admitted to blend with this material, nor any but white flowers can be worn in the hair.

(First and foremost I would like to point out there there is nothing this month that is white.  The only one that looks white ish is the penciled muslin, and thats only because after the years the blue has faded out.  So, again, always remember to read the descriptions if you can.  The first item they have displayed is incredibly garish and, to be frank, rather unattractive, but it goes to show how we are migrating more towards the gothic romantic ideals, and white is not necessarily the go-to anymore. Sure it is still around and prevelant but its not the only thing.  I am also intrigued to see that even opaque fabrics are suggested worn over satin or sarsnet under gowns, and that muslin articles are primarily made with long sleeves. 1811, what an interesting year!) 

August is a very simple month, everyone coming down and recovering from the Fete I should think.  Stay tuned, perhaps September will be a bit more exciting!

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