Many of you will recall our series of blogs this autumn that followed the creation of an 18th c. gown by the mantua-makers of Colonial Williamsburg. It took three blogs to show all the steps of the fittings (here, here, and here)
-- quite an undertaking! The gown still wasn'tcompleted when we left in October, and so I was delighted to see it finally finished and on display in the Margaret Hunter shop at Christmas.
Here it is, left, now with the appropriate lace-edged sleeve ruffles and trim in place, and a most lovely garment it is, too.
For comparison, here's the portrait, right, that inspired the gown: Mrs. Newton by Thomas Durand; collection of Colonial Williamsburg, gift of M. Knoedler.