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Cap with original ribbons, 1830 - 35. Mary Ireland Collection.

I wish I could have met Mary Ireland. Luckily, I know someone who did!

I have just purchased a large number of costume accessories, mostly dating to the first half of the 19th Century, a few 18th Century and...

I hope that you have read Part 1 of this blog, and my comparison with Kelly's open robe and Nancy Bradfield's sketches of the same.

Now we come to the sewing required to finish this dress, approximately 220 years after our Georgian lady left it.

The sewing is not difficu...

Dear Readers,

We are about to embark on another adventure, this time examining a late 18th Century dress that appears to have been in the process of alteration, when it was stored away for around 220 years. 

The dress, shown above, has no horrid different colour sti...

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