- Written by Carolyn Dowdell
An introduction to late 18th century frippery and furbelows - the items commonly used to complete feminine ensembles of the beau monde.
Excellent article, Carolyn, thanks. You have provided a lot of valuable information.
I hope you won't mind if I make one small quibble. I know that not every subscriber is concerned with authenticity, but for those who are, I wanted to comment on the section on mobcaps. I do not believe that we have found evidence that the circular gathered-edge/drawstring cap existed in the 18th century. To my knowledge no period source has been found to document one. If Carolyn or anyone has a source, I would be very interested in it and hope you will share.
References to a 'mobcap' exist, but to the best of my knowledge, it refers to a different type of cap, not the round gathered-edge one that we think of today.
Those who are interested in constructing a period- appropriate (don't you just hate that term?) cap may want to choose to make the dormeuse that Carolyn describes. Besides they are so pretty!
I would also like to learn more about aprons, Carolyn--maybe you can make that your next article.