This silk jacket shows many of the sewing techniques mastered by tailors in the 1700th c. The silk was probably made in Sweden c. 1750 but the cut is from the 1780s. Jacket, silk damask, linen, 1780s, KM 14.561. Photo Viveca Ohlsson, Kulturen|

This silk jacket shows many of the sewing techniques mastered by tailors in the 1700th c. The silk was probably made in Sweden c. 1750 but the cut is from the 1780s. Jacket, silk damask, linen, 1780s, KM 14.561. Photo Viveca Ohlsson, Kulturen|

Robe à la francaise, c. 1783. Golden silk, front panels and petticoat embroidered with sequins, coloured silk and metal threads on pale blue silk ground.

Robe à la francaise, c. 1783. Golden silk, front panels and petticoat embroidered with sequins, coloured silk and metal threads on pale blue silk ground.

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of projects with due-dates, not all for me. That's settled down finally and I'm getting some work...

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of projects with due-dates, not all for me. That's settled down finally and I'm getting some work...

A fine gold brocaded striped silk robe à la Française, Italian or Spanish, circa 1770, with closed-front bodice and wide pannier sides with pocket slits, the silk woven with puce and silver bands within the textured cloth of gold stripes, Kerry Taylor Auctions

A fine gold brocaded striped silk robe à la Française, Italian or Spanish, circa 1770, with closed-front bodice and wide pannier sides with pocket slits, the silk woven with puce and silver bands within the textured cloth of gold stripes, Kerry Taylor Auctions

Back view, robe à la Francaise, England, c. 1760. Yellow silk plain weave with weft-float patterning and silk with metallic-thread supplementary-weft patterning, and metallic lace.

Back view, robe à la Francaise, England, c. 1760. Yellow silk plain weave with weft-float patterning and silk with metallic-thread supplementary-weft patterning, and metallic lace.

Jacket, skirt and bodice, Sweden, 1770s. White silk embroidered with floral motifs in purple silk an dsilver thread. Beloged to "Aunt Ulla" Ulrica Christina Cronstedt (1756-1841).

Jacket, skirt and bodice, Sweden, 1770s. White silk embroidered with floral motifs in purple silk an dsilver thread. Beloged to "Aunt Ulla" Ulrica Christina Cronstedt (1756-1841).

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