|Mrs. Humphrey Devereaux|
The white accessories are based on another portrait by Mr. Copley, Mrs. James Russel, c 1770. My white handkerchief will be plain white linen, bordered with vintage cotton lace, hand hemmed and pinned closed by a blue silk ribbon bow. White linen mitts and a fine muslin apron will complete the gown accessories. My cap will tie under the chin and also have a blue silk bow. Lappet caps are not that stylish in the 1770s, older women wore them, they soften the face and as one ages, one can appreciate that it is more flattering to an older woman's appearance. We need all the help we can get!
|Mrs. James Russell|
An outdoor event requires a hat for sun protection, and a black silk hat will provide shade as well as some stylish flair to this conservative impression. Black silk hats were frequently advertised in colonial newspapers for sale.
|Boston Newsletter, April 20, 1769|
My shift, which will not be seen, is vintage linen, hand sewn with cuffs, the dimensions are based on the Copp Family shift in the collection of the Smithsonian. My stays (also not seen) are patterned from the pink (were lavender when new!) stays in the collection of Colonial Williamsburg.
My stays are blue linen, bound with white leather and trimmed with white tape and lined with blue check linen fabric.
Stockings are plain white and my shoes are simple black leather shoes with white metal buckles purchased from Burnley and Trowbridge.
|Female Bruiser, c 1770|
This blog post took me less than two hours to complete from start to finish, most of that time was spent googling and getting distracted with what I found! Documenting what you wear is fun, almost like a treasure hunt, finding all the neat things we see and putting them together with all the neat things we do.