Replica gown - 1775 "Phebe Massey" dress - re-created by me from an extant dress in Broomall, PA. Completely hand-sewn; chestnut brown silk; apron-front style skirt; 3/4 shaped sleeves; unusual 1-inch 'growth tuck' at hemline (usually only done on children's garments). Lined with antique linen. Exact pattern taken from original garment.
Quaker Dress, 1800-1805, tan silk. In the early 1800s, Quaker dresses still kept up with contemporary fashion. The raised waistline, elongated sleeves, and drawstring neckline of this dress echo popular styles at the time. “Dressing Plain” (trims other than piping and pleats were frowned upon) meant subdued solid colors, like grays, tans, pale golds, and olive greens. There was no prohibition of costly fabrics, so Quaker dresses often use high-quality silk taffetas and satins.
"Phebe Massey" silk dress c.1770 Made, like the original, in chestnut brown silk. Entirely hand sewn, with a slight exception; after cutting the silk, I machine-overcast the edges of the six 22" wide panels that make the dress & skirt, (as the original had) so that the fabric wouldn't fray during handling and making up.
"Love in a Village" 1784 hand-coloured mezzotint, British. "A young woman in rustic dress standing in a field with a cockerel in a cage near her feet, courted by a youth who leans over the fence behind to right, offering her a posy.