Key selected influential garments and people from collection shown on research pages for use in character specific design:
The ensemble was originally developed for a different actress. Extensive and complex alterations were made by Silhouettes to fit Jacinta, although the design elements and all remained completely intact.
Dyes: must be from “natural” sources; plants, fibers, berries, etc. – means blue will be “teal”, green will be yellow or bluish, red will be in the orange or burgundy (not bright cherry though some in orange range acceptable), and there would be no purples, bright greens, deep blues, or deep blue range.
Colors: As illustrated in “American Extant” above, the Americans had more on the gold, yellow, brown, white end of the spectrum of these dyes. That is most likely because they were independent of Europe, and would be using American generated goods.
Fabric type: Linen would be a more typical fabric for this era, although a fashionable young lady would be first in line for the new American cotton coming out of mills – notably white, unbleached, or in the tan, gold, yellow range yet again. Accessories or special things might be pink or other pastels, especially for day wear for a young lady.
Other choices would be flax, wool, and silk. There were no synthetic dyes nor fabrics invented yet. Silk, like the taffeta shown, would be very stiff and a bit noisy for Regency style, so young ladies most likely would have used a softer silk rather than their grandmother’s taffeta.
Notions: Everything was PINNED – no buttons, hooks/eyes, grommets, or metal connections. These had not been invented yet. Yes there were buttons in metal, bone, pearl (mussel), or rare jewels, and many were metal or metal covered with fabric.
The way the Regency gown works, however, is a complex system of ties with the finishing done with a period appropriate straight pin. These are longer and much heavier made of steel than any of today’s dressmaker pins. They are about 4x as wide in diameter as today’s pin too.
Notions shown are more appropriate to the 1850-80’s, as the dye processes are more complex, and the cotton weight much heavier than the earlier years. Disregard these early Victorian items to consider the fabrics shown.
Knits: The scarves and drapes as shown would be of a knit silk and imported from some place like the West Indies with exotic patterns and color blends typical of “exotic” climes. This is wide open to interpretation and construction, though they would not be made of a heavy wool knitting process as we know it today, but more like a fringed tablecloth of fine silk.