Recreating the clothes of 18th-century peasant women
The 18th-century clothing models that I create at Atelier Serraspina do not pretend to reproduce the magnificent dresses of the ladies of the court of Versailles. On the contrary, I set my creations in the 18th-century countryside. I imagine that these dresses could have been worn by peasant women or humble city dwellers of the Age of Enlightenment.
The materials I choose for my creations, linen and wool, sometimes a little cotton, point precisely towards this objective. I like to create simple, solid 18th century clothes that were often passed from generation to generation. To buy a new dress was often a luxury that the peasant women could not afford. But linen, a strong material, allowed them to reuse their sisters' clothes, their mothers, or their grandmothers for a long time.
Charlotte in toffee linen
CHARLOTTE is a dress coat or mantua from the 18th century that is put on directly over the corset and fixed with lace on the front part. Wide-open, it makes the most of the petticoat. I chose for the occasion a color that contrasts sharply with brown. This combination of blue and brown is the Outlander tartan of my shawl. It was still hot that day, so I also planned a thinner linen shawl with large gray and blue checks since it was late summer.
A very peasant shift
Until now, I mainly had sewn cotton batiste shirts, like the ones of the SOPHIE pattern. Very thin, they are also delightful to wear. But I decided to innovate and create a linen 18th-century shift whose color would evoke waste. That's how EMILIE was born in sand-colored linen gauze. There is no ornamentation here: it's a simple long-sleeved shirt, adjustable at the neck and wrists with a simple linen cord.