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Dress, flounce and ruche detail of 1760s made gown of very fine silk (lustring). The small flower pattern in off-white woven into the pale blue background suggests a date of around 1755 for the fabric, though the gown was made possibly a decade later. Museum of London

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Comfy country bedroom with iron bed frame and mixed linens in lots of time-worn patterns. Exposed wood ceiling beams

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Steampunk seamstress - Steamstress costume by Rachel de Kooker with a mobile sewing table (pushed by the assistant) consisting of an antique Gritzer Durlach sewing machine, oil lamp, jars with haberdashy and a fabric stash below the vintage wooden working table. Photo is taken at Elfia 2014. The skirt and jacket are made with Truly Victorian patterns, making it indeed truly Victorian (just had to make that joke).

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This gown and matching stomacher are made of very fine silk. Because of its shine or lustre, the fabric was called a lustring or lutestring. The process of 'lustrating' involved stretching and moistening the textile. In a 1756 treatise, silk designers are advised that ornaments for lustring ‘must be open and airy’ so as not to obscure the glazed ground. - See more at: http://collections.museumoflondon.org.uk/Online/object.aspx?objectID=object-81301&start=19&rows=1#sthash.WVv24cXI.dpuf

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