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.
By the 1780s the “Hedgehog” coiffure was a trendy hairstyle with a curled or frizzed halo of face-framing shorter hair. The style was softened by long flowing side and back curls. A gold and green fringed scarf is wrapped as a casual turban headdress. The neckline is framed by a white kerchief, with a floral nosegay of silk flowers in the décolletage. Other accents include garnet-red gloves and a favorite miniature portrait set as a pendant on a black ribbon.