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Jacket

1780s (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

In the 1780s jackets worn with petticoats became a popular garment for informal wear by women. This example shows the long sleeves and close-fitting style characteristic of the decade. It is made of linen printed in a repeating pattern of floral sprigs. The fabric has been quilted so that each printed motif is framed in a diamond shape by quilting stitches. A decorative cotton muslin apron completes the ensemble.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Linen; hand-woven, block-printed, hand-sewn
Brief Description
Woman's jacket of linen, 1780s, French; block-printed in small floral sprigs, quilted
Physical Description
Woman’s jacket of bleached linen block-printed in dark purple with repeating pattern of small sprigs of lilac, fruits and berries. It is backed with plain linen and quilted in running stitch with linen thread in a diamond pattern around each motif. The jacket has a low V-neck and long 2-piece sleeves to the wrist. It is fitted to the waist, with shaped skirts below. There is a 3⅜-inch (8.5 cm) wide pleated edging of the printed linen around the neck. A linen-covered button and button hole fasten at each wrist. The jacket opens at centre-front; the hooks and eyes are later replacements
Dimensions
  • Overall length: 72.0cm (approx)
  • Bust under armholes circumference: 92.5cm (approx)
Measured by Conservation
Summary
In the 1780s jackets worn with petticoats became a popular garment for informal wear by women. This example shows the long sleeves and close-fitting style characteristic of the decade. It is made of linen printed in a repeating pattern of floral sprigs. The fabric has been quilted so that each printed motif is framed in a diamond shape by quilting stitches. A decorative cotton muslin apron completes the ensemble.
Collection
Accession Number
T.219-1966

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record createdFebruary 11, 2003
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