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Women’s underwear served two purposes in the 18th century. The hoops were also made of linen and stiffened with whalebone or cane. They shaped the petticoat of the gown to the appropriate silhouette. At various times in the 18th century this profile varied from round, to square and flat, to fan-shaped.

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from The Pragmatic Costumer

An Appetite for Fashion Decadence: A Brief History of Stomachers

Pinned Stomacher. So apparently the stomachers were just pinned, ouch. The stomacher idea is ingenious. It allowed a fit to many shapes and weights before you have to make a whole new dress to fit.

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18th century minimalism with a touch of spookiness, made by The Aristocat, a Finnish woman, self-taught amateur seamstress, making historical clothing, focusing on the 18th and the 19th century

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from Weigl

The Onslaught of Post-Glutton Gloom

18th Century Gentleman [ book inspiration: a set of 'gentleman's & ladies' books. Two books in the set one clearly masculine & one feminine, in a clamshell box. ]

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