Reproduction embroidered gown, neat!

From the blog: Diary of a Mantua Maker

I came across this blog post that I just think is so neat! It’s a post showing the method used to create the fabulous embroidery along the hem of this gown. (Hint: it was machine embroidered, not hand embroidered.) I find this is very inspirational, because I do not have the skills or patience necessary to hand embroider a historic garment. You can see more pictures of this gown being worn at a ball at this related blog post.

So I thought that just to give you a little sample of the use of embroidery on historic garments I would include a few pictures. Embroidery has been a very popular method of adorning historic garments of various sorts (undergarments and outer garments) for hundreds of years.

Now, before you look at this pictures below, just think about how long it would take to hand embroider a garment… keep thinking… keep thinking… keep thinking… keep thinking… keep thinking… Ok, now you can look at the pictures!

Late 16th century Italian Blouse at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Detail of the above blouse

1760-1770 Waistcoat at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

c. 1806 Morning Dress at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

c. 1806 Morning Dress at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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