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."

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French muslin dress embroidered with metallic thread. Detail of embroidery. c1810 Met Museum

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The sort of white Muslim dress mentioned all the time in L M Montgomery's books and stories.

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Girls dress of white muslin embroidered from the hem with a floral design in coloured wools. The dress has a high-waisted bodice, vertically-gathered puffed sleeves and a trained skirt. c. 1812-15.

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Black muslin dress, 1850-55 (Translated) Black wool muslin gown, with flared sleeves, tight fitting bodice and five strips (tiers) on the skirt. The bodice with V-neck runs from the front into a point and is lined. On the inside of the body (bodice) are the original waistbands. Along the bottom of the skirt a lace tape along the seam.

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An Anna Weber of Karlsruhe, Germany embroidered pink muslin dress, the bodice and hem edges with soutache braid and French knots, floss silk edges and faux Alençon lace, satin waist sash. Circa 1910-11. Kerry Taylor Auctions.

An Anna Weber of Karlsruhe, Germany embroidered pink muslin dress, the bodice and hem edges with soutache braid and French knots, floss silk edges and faux Alençon lace, satin waist sash. Circa 1910-11. Kerry Taylor Auctions.

Girls dress of white muslin embroidered from the hem with a floral design in coloured wools. The dress has a high-waisted bodice, vertically-gathered puffed sleeves and a trained skirt. c. 1812-15.

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