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Written by JulieW
(5/2/2005 5:48 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Can anyone tell me what "catgut" is?, penned by Lynn Marie
The Vicar is talking of clothing:
When Sunday came, it was indeed a day of finery, which all my
I must confess I can't see these ladies draping themselves with bits of violin strings qualifiying as "finery" !LOL
Catgut was, in the mid 18th century , a term used for plain cotton canvas that was used as a base for detailed emboridery.
I think here the Vicar's wife and daughters had proabably a pocket or some part of their clothing,a stomacher perhaps, that was made of cotton canvas richly embroidered.
The stomacher was a stiff piece of fabric used to cover the opening of the bodice of type of dresses worn at this time.I'll put a photo up later ( with Myretta's kind assistance!) so you can all see what I mean.
If anyone is interested, paduasoy ,as mentioned in the above passage,is a corded silk fabric, that originalted from Padua in Italy,hence its name.(In France it was called soie silk or pou-de-soie.
Mrs Primrose therefore is wearing a red dress made of corded silk.very nice, indeed.
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