18th century clothing, 19th century clothing, Costume in Detail, fashion, Nancy Bradford, Newport Historical Society, Quaker dress, Quakers, silk, style
I’m still struggling with the Quaker Dress conundrum, both because I want a challenge and I want to be as accurate as I can be.
So, not unlike my stubborn cat, I got an idea, and I just can’t shake it. The kind-of-cross-over, apron-front, v-neck day dress.
I’ve tried and failed before, but I got a little farther Saturday. When I went looking for the original, I was pleased to find that it had ended up at Killerton House, as part of the National Trust Collection.
You can find it here, but you can’t see it yet.
I think it may look something like the dress in this portrait, but without the collar.
Bradfield’s notes indicate that the front, sloping edge is a “fine, 1/10″ selvedge very narrow of rich dull orange saffron.” Based on this note, I have tried using the selvedge for that edge in the lining. (Better to fail on the lining than on the silk, right?)
We’ll see… the next trial will be a drawstring, just to see if I can get this business to fit.
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