July 12, 2012

the reverse side side of 18th century embroidery

A couple weeks ago I said I should share more of the historical garments I work with. And here one is. Or rather, here is a part of one that you normally don't get to see.

KSUM 1983.1.1302

This is the underside of an 18th century embroidered waistcoat. What you see here is the bottom edge of the left side. The basting stitches below the embroidery are holding the bottom of the pocket flap in place. Let's take a look from the front.

Look at that perfect satin stitching. Wow. There is a picture of the entire panel, and a bit more information about this object on the museum's blog. Enjoy!


  1. Wow... that is stunning and beautiful! I mean- even the reverse side is gorgeous!

  2. Thanks for sharing such beautiful work. Just think of the countless hours of dedicated stitching...it inspires:)

  3. Thanks for sharing this. I am fascinated by the inside of garments. It is the stuff that you don't see that defines craftsmanship. The stitching on the back side of this embroidery is so very perfect!

  4. My grandmother have learnd me that the inside always should be as pretty as the outside, but i will never get it so perfect like that!