When putting together the gallery of Regency fashion plates that featured the use of orange, I neglected to include one of my über-busy orange favorites. What’s up with the asymmetrical details? The left bodice looks laced, while the right bodice has Van Dyke points; the left sleeve is fully slit and laced while the right sleeve is only partially slit. Perhaps a way to show options? Probably, but it sure catches the eye. And, for some reason, I keep thinking of all of those balled tassels as bells.
This time, an amazing bit of Regency cotton. I adore the stitching details – the closer you look the more you see! Hundreds of micro-pintucks on the bodice, arrow-straight, sewn into alternating directions and held in place by those tiny “stems” leading to fun little curlicues at their terminus. The cording treatment, or perhaps it’s trapunto work, on the collar. The broderie anglaise inserts on the back bodice. The pintucks and curlicues on the sleeve caps. And the cuffs are absolutely loaded: pintucks, curlicues, insert lace (also known as entre-deux, meaning “between [the] two”) and lace edging. Notice all the beautifully uniform hand stitches in the last photo. Plus, it’s – gasp – unlined! 100% Wow.
I love this spencer…too bad it wasn’t photographed on a darker background to make it easier to see. Who says cotton is boring? I’d like to see it done in a pale color and would wear it in a heartbeat! Click on the link for the museum website, where you can enlarge each photo to savor the details.
Spencer, 1805-1815. Probably British. Cotton. (metmuseum.org)