Fig Leaf Pattern 101 c. 1770s gown

Photographs of the original garment in the collection of the Sumter County Museum, Sumter, SC. The garment was measured and a replica made from which the Fig Leaf Patterns 101 was made.
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Elizabeth Allen Deas (b. 1741- d.1802) in 1759 is wearing her wedding gown of white silk with a red petticoat.  Portrait painted by Jeremiah Theus and is in a private collection.  Original owner of the 1770s gown in the Sumter County Museum collection.

Elizabeth Allen Deas (b. 1741- d.1802) in 1759 is wearing her wedding gown of white silk with a red petticoat. Portrait painted by Jeremiah Theus and is in a private collection. Original owner of the 1770s gown in the Sumter County Museum collection.

Miniature watercolor on ivory is a copy of a portrait by John Smart painted 1773 of Elizabeth Allen Deas.  E.A. Deas wore the original gown from which the Fig Leaf Pattern 101 is taken.  Original miniature is in the collection of the Gibbes Art Gallery, Charleston, SC.

Miniature watercolor on ivory is a copy of a portrait by John Smart painted 1773 of Elizabeth Allen Deas. E.A. Deas wore the original gown from which the Fig Leaf Pattern 101 is taken. Original miniature is in the collection of the Gibbes Art Gallery, Charleston, SC.

Waist seam of gown c.1770s.  Sumter County Museum, SC.

Waist seam of gown c.1770s. Sumter County Museum, SC.

Pieced lining of the front bodice.  Skirt shows age damage to silk of gown c. 1770s.  Sumter County Museum, SC.

Pieced lining of the front bodice. Skirt shows age damage to silk of gown c. 1770s. Sumter County Museum, SC.

Side seam waistline showng box pleated skirt of gown c. 1770s.  Sumter County Museum, SC.

Side seam waistline showng box pleated skirt of gown c. 1770s. Sumter County Museum, SC.

Showing the sleeve seam with godet at the armscye of gown c. 1770s.  Sumter County Museum, SC.

Showing the sleeve seam with godet at the armscye of gown c. 1770s. Sumter County Museum, SC.

Front shoulder seam of gown c. 1770s.  Sumter County Museum, SC.

Front shoulder seam of gown c. 1770s. Sumter County Museum, SC.

Showing selvedge of the silk with a faint blue line, as well as hem of skirt of gown c. 1770s.  Sumter County Museum, SC.

Showing selvedge of the silk with a faint blue line, as well as hem of skirt of gown c. 1770s. Sumter County Museum, SC.

Armscye showing inside and outside of the sleeve and bodice of gown c. 1770s.  Sumter County Museum, SC

Armscye showing inside and outside of the sleeve and bodice of gown c. 1770s. Sumter County Museum, SC

Front shoulder seam of gown c. 1770s.  Sumter County Museum, SC.

Front shoulder seam of gown c. 1770s. Sumter County Museum, SC.


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