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This is a short Blog to share my recent learning with you. I do love to examine textiles that I haven't seen before, but am also frustrated when I cannot find any research to explain them.

This little beaded and knit cap is so attractive, but I had never seen caps with...

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...

We have given the traditional and early names for many parts of this 'layette', but some descriptions never change:


The collection seems to have 3 different types of sleeve, but I am not sure about one, so let us look at the easy one's first. Sleeves could be att...

It has become reasonably clear through my reading and searching, that the clothing of a newly born infant, for the first 4-6 weeks of life, stayed almost the same for around 150 years, from circa 1600-1750. The overwhelming change, both in attitudes and common practice...

​Attributed to Dirck Dircksz Santvoort 'Boy in White' c1641.

Netherlands, private collection.

If you have read Part One of this investigation, you will know that the few lace trims and the provenance have helped us to identify the approximated age of this 32 piece layett...


When I re-launched my website, I explained that, having examined many items of 18th Century clothing over the last few years, I am now searching for pieces that are very difficult to find. On my budget, this isn't easy!

I have a wish-list, which sometimes de...

December 10, 2016

Highly recommended references used within this article:

  1. '18th Century Embroidery Techniques' Gail Marsh. Guild of Master Craftsmen. 2006

  2. 'The Art of Dress' Jane Ashelford. National Trust 1996

  3. 'Old English Costumes' Harrods/Victoria & Albert Museum. Undated...

November 30, 2016

Well, if you don't know anything about sleeve puffs, this is the time when you will finally KNOW that I am completely obsessed with costume!

They are simple and tough, undyed cotton calico. They are certainly not pretty. They have been 'well used' by the lady who owned...

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