It is wonderful to return home to Massachusetts after my absence over the sea. While the voyage is always a trial, the metropolis of London has much to offer to improve one's knowledge and expand the mind.
It is so nice to read the posts of Mrs. S. so illuminating and Miss K. who is full of good questions. I am happy to report on several items of interest to us all.
First I have found no general difference in the methods used by us here in Concord to those in England of making gowns and other items. If one were to place a garment made in Boston next to one made in London or Leeds, you would be hard pressed to choose which was which.
In dressmaking the usual conventions were seen; shoulder straps, white linen linings, cuffs and sleeve flounces similar in all respects. Hems and seams the same, all methods known and used by us here, were also used in the height of fashion there!
One of the highlights of my journey was an examination of this gown.
|Leeds Costume Collection|
So that brings Mrs. P to her own personal goal setting for the upcoming winter, I am determined to divine in detail many of the trims made with silk. Simple flies are not a challenge, but the other elements that are usually so combined with them really will be more complex to duplicate. One has to have goals to endure the long, and cold winter ahead.
The first and most important hurdle will be to find the right fabric, since the trim is always secondary to the fabric. Oh, wait. I may have some in storage. Will have to check my trunks for a suitable length as I have laid aside many for future use.