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Sack

  • Place of origin:

    Spitalfields (textile, weaving)
    England (ensemble, sewing)

  • Date:

    1770s (weaving)
    1770 - 1775 (sewing)
    1870 - 1910 (altered)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven tobine, hand-sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Kathleen Dawson

  • Museum number:

    T.363-1920

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A woman's sack, petticoat and stomacher of cream silk tobine with vertical green and pink geometric designs. The sack is open at the front with robings to the waist and elbow-length sleeves, with triple, pinked and scalloped sleeve ruffles. The bodice and sleeves are lined with bleached linen. At the back there are two double box pleats, stitched at the neckline. The sack is made of 3 widths of silk with a partial panel and triangular gore on each side of the front. A waistseam runs from each front opening to the bodice side-back seam. The skirts are pleated on either side of the pocket openings in the skirt side seams. The hem is faced with a deep band of white silk taffeta. A ruching of pinked and box-pleated silk decorates the robings and back neck. A wider ruching of pinked and box-pleated silk runs down each front of the skirts. A bow of pinked silk adorns each sleeve.

The petticoat is made of 4 widths of silk and one partial panel. There is a box pleat at the centre front and flat pleats at the sides and back. The centre front of the waist is bound with a narrow band of silk. Yellow linen tape binds the sides of the waist and forms the ties to fasten at the back. The pocket openings are in the petticoat side seams. The hem is faced with a deep band of white silk taffeta. Two deep flounces of pinked silk, arranged in serpentine lines, adorn the petticoat front.

The stomacher is pieced from 4 pieces of silk, unlined, and decorated with box-pleated and pinked strips of silk.

In the late 19th century, the robings of the sack were unpicked.

Place of Origin

Spitalfields (textile, weaving)
England (ensemble, sewing)

Date

1770s (weaving)
1770 - 1775 (sewing)
1870 - 1910 (altered)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven tobine, hand-sewn

Dimensions

Width: 59.5 cm silk, selvedge to selvedge

Descriptive line

A woman's sack, petticoat and stomacher, 1770-75, English; Cream silk tobine with green and pink stripes, Spitalfields, 1770s; altered 1870-1910

Materials

Silk (textile); Linen (material); Silk thread; Linen thread

Techniques

Hand weaving; Hand sewing; Pinking

Categories

Textiles; Women's clothes; Fashion

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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