Casaca (jacket), skirt, and same Casaca laid flat, 1740, Spain. metal, cotton, linen, silk, paper. polychrome and gilded silver. Casaca is hip-length, open in front and side pleats that start from a button covered in the same fabric. The sleeve, three quarter with triangular back. The jacket, along with the petticoat (skirt) was a common dress among the Spanish female population of the first half of the eighteenth century. Museo del Traje.
Sleeve in silk and linen, hand woven and hand sewn, silver, gold and parchment. Finely petaled rosettes punctuate the fly fringe (braid) adorning this 1760s sack-back gown. They are made of narrow strips of parchment, covered in silk and twisted into the shape of petals, a technique used in both embroidery and lace since the late 17th century. In addition to the rosettes, the fringe incorporates loops of silver thread with tufts of colored floss. Victoria and Albert Museum.
Centennial ball gown, circa 1876. Many party guests wore Colonial attire. Old silk in storage was remodeled into new clothes.This is a mix: half 18th century and half Victorian. Bodice, reconstructed with Victorian boning petersham, retains original sleeves. Petticoat was remade into bustle shape. Pale peach taffeta hand-embroidered with ivory silk floss medallions. Some of them were cut out of extra fabric and appliquéd as borders around the neckline and sleeves. Via Vintage Textile.