the light blue 1766 wedding dress worn by Ann Whittle will be by historical copy for my final degree

my final third project, a beautiful light blue 1766 sack back wedding grown worn by Ann Whittle.

so last week I was struggling to think of an alternative historical costume i could make within a short time period for my degree instead of a Japanese samurai warrior so i started looking through my images from my visit to platt hall in Manchester i came across this light blue grown and i thought it was beautiful, it is full of embellishments throughout the whole costume. i am very excited to get started with this costume and i feel it will give me so many new skills to add to my portfolio however this costume is a great difference to the samurai warrior i feel i might make it later at some point when i have my own free time as i do think it is a great piece and so different to add to my portfolio here is some information that platt hall has sent me about the dress...

The dress was worn for a wedding in 1766 (see information below) and has the accession number 1939.161. We have no photograph of it on the catalogue system I'm afraid.

Sack back gown or "robe à la française" with matching petticoat and stomacher in striped pale blue and white figured silk. Made of English silk, the dress is trimmed with silk fringing, self fabric flounces and ruched bands, and double-tier lace ruffles. Sack back falls from square back neck edge and sleeves are elbow-length, cut in one piece. The skirt is cut in 9 widths with a pocket slit each side below waist.

Worn by Ann Whittle (1742-1817) of Hollingworth Hall near Mottram for her marriage to Anthony Bancroft of Stockport in September 1766.

Ann Whittle, daughter of Daniel Whittle of Hollingworth Hall, near Mottram in Longdengle, married on September 25th 1766, Anthony Bancroft, son of Thomas Bancroft of Stockport and Mary (nee Venables) of Gatley. Ann Bancroft was born April 19 1742 and died February 11 1817. Her daughter married a Cresswell of Edale and their daughter married Samuel Thornely of Liverpool (previously Stalybridge) and the donor's grandmother Margaret Nicholson was the eldest daughter. This dress came down to the donor through the female line and he is the only descendent who bears the Christian name of Bancroft. There were no sons who lived of Ann Bancroft and her husband Anthony. Hollinworth Hall, an important medieval Hall, was demolished by the NW Water Board.

02/03/2015 Making the 18th century corset

yesterday i started to make the corset for my 1766 wedding dress. i started by toiling on the stand only in calico to begin with as this would help give me the basic shape for the corset. the patter i used was from a book called Period Costume for Stage and Screen: 1500-1800: Patterns for Women's Dress by Jean Hunnisett. i find this book very useful for this costume as it has many of the patterns i will need to help me make this dress.

after toiling the corset on the stand i cut the pieces off and also as the stand was one size to big for my model i had to take make the pattern pieces a little smaller hoping this would become the right size for her.After that i cut two layers of cotton drill out for the base layer for the corset this will have the boning sewn on this.

03/03/2015

i will be choosing my top fabric for my my corset and get this ordered. also i plan to making my pattern for my 18th century chemise and order my linen fabric for this. once the boning and all the equipment has arrived i will finish the rest of the corset off.

here are some images for the process of toiling my corset...


03/03/2015

i will be choosing my top fabric for my my corset and get this ordered. also i plan to making my pattern for my 18th century chemise and order my linen fabric for this. once the boning and all the equipment has arrived i will finish the rest of the corset off.

before making any dissensions on the over dress and the fabric i am planning a trip to visit the costume again and plan to take more up close photos and get more details about the costume itself i am hoping to plan the visit for some time this week so i can get a move on with this costume.

Over the past couple of days i have been working on my under pinnings for the dress such and the pocket hoops and the corset I have managed to make my pocket hoops to finish them I just need to add a waist band and they will be finished. To make these I have used a basic cotton drill as its very strong fabric.

I received my fabric for the top of my corset its a beautiful light blue silk brocade and to bind it off I will be using a little dark blue silk dupion. I am. Still awaiting for the rigalin to come so I can getcon with finish these. Over the weekend I will be making the chemies pattern so I will be able to make this up next week

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