Afternoon dress, ca 1785 England, the Victoria & Albert Museum
In the 1770s and 1780s printed cotton fabrics began to replace silk in popularity for women’s gowns. The material of this gown has a dotted ground and is printed in a repeating pattern of floral sprays. The gown has a fitted back and open front below the waist, revealing a petticoat of the same fabric. The lack of decoration and use of cotton instead of silk indicates that this gown was probably worn during summer afternoons for card games and tea parties, rather than for evening dress.
Oh yes, it’s also time to start prepping for Christmas! I’m pretty obsessed with modern calligraphy. For Christmas I’m asking Santa to give me a calligraphy kit! I really like the look of the tags on Kraft paper, but of course you could print these on any type of paper to match your paper. You can even get these tags in English or Afrikaans!