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.