A beautiful image popped up on my Pinterest feed this morning:
|1730-60, French manufacture, held in the Digitalt Museum|
I find this extant ensemble really interesting because, well, it matches. Matching gowns and petticoats we are all familiar with, but matching jackets and petticoats? And how about those long, 2-piece, shaped sleeves?
This jacket is super-duper similar to these…
|Meg Andrews, 1770s|
|Met, 1770s, English manufacture|
|National Trust, 1760-70, also found in Janet Arnold’s “Patterns of Fashion 1” pg 26|
This seems to have been a fairly common style, popular from the earlier part of the 18th century through the 1770s. They are all made the same, with no waist seam, meeting center front, and with godets in the skirting. The sleeve styles vary, but essentially the structure is the same.
Does this type of jacket have a specific name? Do you think this style of jacket was often worn with a matching petticoat? If that’s the case, it begs the question…were those matching patterned petticoats worn with other jackets or gowns?