|Detail of the Cherry Hill gown back|
|Detail of sleeve trim on AIHA gown with petticoat|
I have something to add to my usual caveats about trusting museum-given dates. The petticoated gown was en fourreau and in a striped floral fabric: it was marked "1760-1770, remade 1780" because the fabric is early-looking and the general thought is that fourreau gowns are earlier, and so if you have that plus closed front it must have been remade. But there's no indication that any seams have been changed at all. It's patched, but under the arms, where it was worn. So what I'm saying is, don't assume remodeling when a museum's database/catalogue says so and back pleats go later than most people think.
|Detail of pleating on AIHA gown with rétroussée loops|
|Detail of front of jacket|
|Detail of stomacher|