Muslin Dresses about 1800, Hamburg Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe. THIS is what is meant by "muslin" in Jane Austen's works. Our American muslin is what the English call "calico."

Muslin Dresses about 1800, Hamburg Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe. THIS is what is meant by "muslin" in Jane Austen's works. Our American muslin is what the English call "calico."

White cotton muslin gown with broderie anglaise decoration and double-puffed sleeves, probably American, 1799-1810.

White cotton muslin gown with broderie anglaise decoration and double-puffed sleeves, probably American, 1799-1810.

Muslin dress, c. 1845  The ideal 1840s woman was a delicate being. She was innocent, modest, sensitive to etiquette, possessed of softly rounded shoulders and had a demure gaze. This 1840s dress, made from diaphanous white cotton muslin edged with bobbin lace, suggests these qualities.

Muslin dress, c. 1845 The ideal 1840s woman was a delicate being. She was innocent, modest, sensitive to etiquette, possessed of softly rounded shoulders and had a demure gaze. This 1840s dress, made from diaphanous white cotton muslin edged with bobbin lace, suggests these qualities.

I would guess, based on waist and early pagoda sleeves, this dates to about 1847. Vanaf 1830 komt de nadruk steeds meer te liggen op wijduitstaande rokken. Door vele onderrokken te dragen wordt dit effect bereikt. De zware rokkenvracht…

I would guess, based on waist and early pagoda sleeves, this dates to about 1847. Vanaf 1830 komt de nadruk steeds meer te liggen op wijduitstaande rokken. Door vele onderrokken te dragen wordt dit effect bereikt. De zware rokkenvracht…

1800, England (made) Bengal (fabric) - Gown - Muslin embroidered with cotton thread

1800, England (made) Bengal (fabric) - Gown - Muslin embroidered with cotton thread

Cotton muslin dress, 1806, embroidered with delicate floral sprigs. The front bodice of dress has two straps to attach to shoulders. The back extends to the front and hooks under the bustline. The short sleeves originally had a tiny drawstring to pull them into little puffs. Sarah Elizabeth Ellison wore this dress when she married James Adger in Winnsboro, SC in 1806. From the collections of the Charleston Museum.

Cotton muslin dress, 1806, embroidered with delicate floral sprigs. The front bodice of dress has two straps to attach to shoulders. The back extends to the front and hooks under the bustline. The short sleeves originally had a tiny drawstring to pull them into little puffs. Sarah Elizabeth Ellison wore this dress when she married James Adger in Winnsboro, SC in 1806. From the collections of the Charleston Museum.

Muslin Dress | c. 1800 -- Aside from the train, it's so simple. Totally beautiful. I love the cap sleeve and near-elbow gloves combo.

Muslin Dress | c. 1800 -- Aside from the train, it's so simple. Totally beautiful. I love the cap sleeve and near-elbow gloves combo.

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