French Colonial Womens' Dress,
In order of wearing.
Worn over chemise - may take the place of stays around the house. When worn out in public, sleeves were tied on, or for warmth. corset blanc (white corset), from M. Garsault's Description des Arts et Métiers
, 1769. Waugh: "This is usually made in white linen and lined, it is only boned each side of the centre front. The centre back can be sewn together, or open and laced. The fronts can be laced, buttoned, or tied with ribbon ties. The sleeve «O» may either be sewn in, or just laced on top of the shoulder." (Cut of Women's Clothes, p. 107). Click to order a pair of jumps.
Stays or corps
is the basic foundation/support garment, worn over chemise. Could have straps, and various lacing styles. The tabs at the waist help to hold up the layers of petticoats so your waist is not pinched. Instructions for making 18thC stays
are worn on a string over the underpetticoats and just under the topmost petticoat. They held all manner of things from eating utensils to dice and money.
Jupes or Petticoats
come next, usually two or more depending upon the weather. Sometimes quilted jupes were worn over panniers
to avoid ridges from boning.
Notice ferreted edge for hem.
Various Jackets and Robes
Fashionable jacket in the first half of the 18th century. Features the larger sleeve and deep cuff. Often worn in undress. Perfect for maternity wear.