Explore 18th Century Fashion, Horsham, and more!

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.

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.

Pearl-grey silk taffeta Brunswick jacket - back view  sack-back pleats and hood

Pearl-grey silk taffeta Brunswick jacket - back view sack-back pleats and hood

1730s- Lady Byron  Metallic embroidery on gown robings and pleated cuffs.

Lady Byron Metallic embroidery on gown robings and pleated cuffs.

JP Ryan Pet-en-l'air Pattern for mid to late 18th century historic reenactor's and museum interpreter's costume.

JP Ryan Pet-en-l'air Pattern for mid to late century historic reenactor's and museum interpreter's costume.

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.

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.

Replica gown - 1775 "Phebe Massey" dress - re-created from an extant dress in Broomall, PA.  Round gown style with apron drop front, made in chestnut-brown silk like the original.

Replica gown - 1775 "Phebe Massey" dress - re-created from an extant dress in Broomall, PA. Round gown style with apron drop front, made in chestnut-brown silk like the original.

18th century Reproduction ladies mules; vintage gold on silk brocade fabric, gold passementarie, silk ribbon, leather

Other accessories include stockings, garters and backless, brocade mules for indoor footwear.

"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.

"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.

Like the original, this is brown silk with a vintage linen lining.   The Masseys were a prosperous  "middling"  farming family, and Quakers, so this might have been one of Phebe's 'good' dresses.

Like the original, this is brown silk with a vintage linen lining. The Masseys were a prosperous "middling" farming family, and Quakers, so this might have been one of Phebe's 'good' dresses.

Hand-painted Dress. Like the original, a two-piece ensemble. The petticoat motifs were places and cut from fabric panels to match the placing of the 1780's designs.Completely hand-painted and hand-sewn. Simple trimming at neck and sleeves  -silk organza ruffling with narrow vintage lace edges.  Silk calash.

Front view of Painted dress, a reproduction of gown and petticoat ensemble in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Shown with purple silk calash, silk mitts and workbag purse

Robe à la Française 1760s, Great Britain (made) and China (textile, painted) Painted silk, chenille, hand-sewn, V&A Museum

At the Sign of the Golden Scissors: Century Painted Silks: Conservation and Research. References, websites, scholarly articles and books on this topic.

My personal re-creation of a MMA 1780s painted gown and petticoat. All 12 yards of white silk,  handpainted; and the gown and petticoat completely handsewn; added ruffled frills to finish the necka dn sleeves are silk organza and antique lace edging.

The finished dress made up. Completely hand-painted and hand-sewn. Simple trimming at neck and sleeves-silk organza ruffling with narrow vintage lace edges.

1784 -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. Hand-coloured mezzotint

"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.

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