18th century clothing, 19th century clothing, CoBloWriMo, dresses, fabric, Federal New England Fashion, Frivolous Friday, strategic fabric reserve
Favorite Fabric? Are you kidding? Is it fabric? It’s my favorite.
There’s the hand-woven handkerchief made by a friend that is my absolute favorite textile accessory.
There’s silk taffeta, and the occasional silk satin, for bonnets.
And linen for shifts and linings.
But my all-time favorite fabrics are Indian block print cottons. I have multiple yards in storage, and multiple yards in the accessible Strategic Fabric Reserve. I try not to look at them in the online shops, for I cannot afford to be tempted.
My favorite three gowns are made of Indian block print cotton:
The Milliner in Red
The Bib-Front Tailoress
And the somewhat noticeable Nancy Dawson.
There’s an early red, white, and black calico based on a Philadelphia runaway ad, too, and though I’ve not had it on in a while, it may be due for a renaissance.
Oh, and while it requires some shoulder strap adjustments, there’s the brown Indian print I wear as a unsatisfactory Philadelphia servant and Boston sight-seer…and the red print I wore for a 1790 Providence housekeeper.
So, yes, pretty much my favorite, and of the prints? Nancy Dawson, hands down, though I was skeptical at first, for the yellow was so very bright. Made up and worn, though, I love it.
Nancy is my favourite too- but they’re all great! Oh, the fabric wantses…
Katie Lovely said:
Oh gosh yes! I love me some indian cotton prints. And that handkerchief is a thing of beauty and envy!