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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1730-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, linen thread, silk thread, hand-sewn and hand embroidered

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Lewis Day

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A stomacher is a decorative panel of fabric, usually triangular in shape, worn to fill the space between the front edges of a woman’s open gown. The stomacher formed part of the ensemble of fashionable women’s dress from the 1680s to the 1780s. This example incorporates whitework embroidery, quilting and cording. In the latter technique, parallel lines of stitching have been filled with short lengths of linen cord, inserted from the back of the fabric. The bold design includes flowers, leaves, pomegranates and shells. As quilting and cording were popular techniques for petticoats and informal jackets, this stomacher may well have been part of a matching ensemble.

Physical description

A stomacher of linen with cording, quilting, drawn-thread-and-pulled-fabric work. Vertical pattern of a large symmetrical floral and leafy device; the ground has embarcations.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1730-1750 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen, linen thread, silk thread, hand-sewn and hand embroidered


Length: 13.75 in, Width: 11 in greatest (at top)

Object history note

Registered File no. 9901/1926.

Descriptive line

Cotton quilted with linen thread; England; early 18th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Avril Hart and Susan North, Historical Fashion in Detail: the 17th and 18th centuries, London: V&A, 1998, p. 200


Linen; Linen thread; Silk thread


Hand sewing; Hand embroidery; Embroidered


Women's clothes; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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