This early nineteenth century muslin dress is embroidered with clusters of flowers and leaves. The embroidery is worked in satin stitch, chain stitch and French knots, the design trails down across the front of the dress and around the scalloped hemline to simulate a draped tunic-style garment slit up the side seam.

The front of the bodice is made up of a panel of bias-cut muslin, which is sewn onto the skirt rather like the bib of an apron so that it can be placed in position at the neck with pins. When the pins are removed the bib front falls away to reveal linen underflaps which fasten across the bust to give support. This type of bodice construction was common during this period in this style of dress and is known as the high stomacher front.


  • Title: Dress
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1803/1812
  • Location: Great Britain
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 135.5 cm shoulder to hem, Circumference: 84 cm under the bust
  • Provenance: Given by Messrs Harrods Ltd.
  • Medium: Muslin embroidered in wool, in satin stitch, chain stitch, and French knots, lined with linen

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