Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Coffee and Ebay

What could be better on a crisp autumn morning than a hot cup of coffee? Cool Stuff on Ebay!  This has not been a great morning.  A 3:44am wakeup by the smoke alarm, as the furnace kicked in for the first time, followed by a skunk perfuming the neighborhood made me a little unhappy with the way the day was starting off.

Much to my delight a visual feast on Ebay saved the morning.

Who doesn't love the colors of crewel work?  It never ceases to amaze me of the endurance, vibrancy and depth of color on this simplest and yet one of the most beautiful of the 18th century embroidery techniques.

The back of the jacket has a configuration of pleats similar to a sacque, which have been stitched down.

This silk and cotton fabric is gorgeous.  Simple, elegant.  What so many of us would like to achieve!  

1780s styling of a possibly earlier gown.  Notice the configuration of the stripe at center back.  No chevron except at the one center back seam.

The wide band of box trim on the front skirts hint at an earlier iteration of this gown.  

So now the morning is not a total disaster.  There is nothing like looking at beautiful fabrics to lift the spirits. 


  1. Wow! At first I wondered if the gown had been made and then embroidered, because of the placement of the trim was so perfect. Th en on the back I could see how the figures dipped in and out of the pleats. Just gorgeous. As to the stripe, I see the sleeves are cut on the straight of grain, with the stripe going down the arm, instead of on the cross. Was there a date when one gave way to the other? Or was it just the dressmakers decision?
    Either was, just perfect. Thanks

    1. This sleeve is a two piece sleeve, which is more apt to have the stripes going down the arm since because of the way it is cut out. There is a jacket at the Met with longer sleeves and the stripe going down the arm as well.

      Usually found in the 80s.

  2. Beautiful, simply beautiful! I'm so glad that I found you, and am looking forward to your posts.