Lady's Monthly Museum, May 1812
For MAY 1812.
WE promised last month that this department of our Museum should rise in the scale of merit; how far we have fulfilled that promise the public have now an opportunity of judging. We wish not to raise our own work by depreciating others; but we dare rival publications of this nature to produce better executed figures than our own; more correct fashions, we are certain, were never submitted to the public eye.
Morning Dress.--A white muslin gown, with a rich lace or worked front; over which is a négligé pelisse of azure blue sarsnet lined with white silk, made low in the back; the pelisse is trimmed with white fringe; bonnet of white chip, with a light blue feather, the hair dressed full on one side, and shoes of blue; drop ear-rings of coral; gloves of York tan.
Evening Dress.--A real Andalusian dress, formed of a bodice of pink or rose-coloured velvet, with a puff sleeve of white satin; the rest of the dress being of the same material, and edged at bottom à la Vandyke, and ornamented with tab fringe: the bodice is terminated in a jacket behind, and edged with the same fringe as the dress; the stomacher crossed with white lacing, or braid, fastened at each lacing with a diamond, or paste button; ridicule of rose or pink coloured velvet; white gloves, and shoes of white, with the quarters the colour of the bodice; ear-rings of plain pearl. The Sévigné curl is the most predominant fashion for the head dress.
General Remarks.--The ridicule is no longer worn, except at the evening party; and the demi-botte, with gold fringe, is nearly exploded, from its inconvenience; it catches at the dress, and causes the leg to be shewn in an indecorous and inelegant manner.