Wool was a popular fabric for winter day wear, as seen in this example. The dress is printed in a complicated design of shamrocks on a lilac and brown chequered ground. By the mid-1830s the puff of the full gigot sleeve was moving from the top of the arm to the elbow. (The gigot was a very full style of sleeve that tapered to a narrow circumference at the wrist.) These sleeves have stitch marks, which suggests that they were reworked from an earlier style to update the dress to the latest fashion. In order to keep the sleeve from sliding down the arm, there are tapes at the elbow holding the fullness of the puff in place.


  • Title: Dress
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1836/1838
  • Location: England
  • Provenance: Given by Mrs H. M. Shepherd
  • Medium: Printed wool, trimmed with printed wool, lined with cotton, hand-sewn

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