A “I want that”

You know those times when you see an outfit in a photo, painting or illustration? This is one of those times. In this case, it is all Kitty Calash’s fault for mentioning The Yale Center for British Art in her Frivolous Friday post.

This ensemble in the center of Wilkie’s The Pedler instantly caught my attention. Often, when I see clothes, I envision how they would feel to wear them. This looks all too comfy to me.

I see a shorter red wool or linen skirt with what may be a deep hem/hem-backing or another shade of red as a trim or a tuck, a long sacque style bodice closing at a high waist with a belt,  from under the bodice hangs low a key and scissors, a kerchief with a border drapes around her neck, peeking out of the bodice/sacque is a white collar. As I know much less of this era, I am not quite sure what that white collar is. A chemisette?

For warmth, I would work the skirt/petti in wool and the bodice/sacque also in wool. For comfort in warmer weather, I would work the skirt in wool or linen with the sacque/bodice in something lighter. cotton? light linen?

The Pedler close up

(close-up) The Pedler, by Sir Davie Wilkie at The Yale Center for British Art.

Kneeling in the forefront, we have a back view of similarly tempting, comfy clothing.

We can see the side slit in her skirt. Her sacque style bodice is shorter, gathering in at a more natural location with the aid of the string/cord holding the blue cloth style apron in place. She has a smaller kerchief showing at her neck that almost appears to reach down the front of her, held under the blue cloth. I do like how that shade of blue is brought out by the golden color. (Lydia Jane, I think this is an outfit you will want to see.)

The Pedler close up

(close-up) The Pedler, by Sir Davie Wilkie at The Yale Center for British Art.


While visiting The Yale Center, be sure to look at First Class – The Meeting and Second Class – The Parting. Also, take a peek at Strange Faces. A story comes to mind for me. Besides that, she has a nice example of a turn over shawl and a bonnet.


Published in: on February 5, 2016 at 4:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

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