Do you ever see something that gives you such a jolt it brings tears to your eyes?  When I realized what this was, it was such a strong connection to the people of the past that I gasped.  Hiding in the margins of the Lady’s Book from 1830 was this little doodle.  It looks like something that I would have drawn as a little girl.  I love the things I’ve found while doing research for this blog!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1823. 

This has everything I love about the early 1820s- the bold color, the dropped waist, the magnificent silhouette- so flattering!- and the masterful use of self-trim!  Perfection. 

The Follies and Fashions of our Grandfathers, Concert Dress, September 1807.

What a truly stunning gown! 

This issue also held a fascinating announcement in the “births” section- typically reserved for the peerage and famous people- that I couldn’t resist throwing in:

"Lately a poor woman, aged 22 years, residing in Lahinch, near Ennistimon, Ireland, was safely delivered of five children, three sons and two daughters, who, with the mother, are all in a most thriving way."

Imagine QUINTUPLETS in 1807!  I’m sure she and everyone else involved was quite surprised and it seems like a miracle that they all survived given the risks associated with multiple births. 

La Belle Assemblee, Evening and Ball Dresses, March 1828.

Wow, the print on that blue gown is lovely!  One of my favorite things about the 1820s and 1830s is that they started embracing bold prints for evening wear which you don’t see a lot of in the 1800s and 1810s.  I’m always a fan of stripes!

Ladies Pocket Magazine, London Evening Dress, 1838.

OK, it is sorta hard to admit this, but I am totally loving THIS 1830s dress. Don’t rub it in.

The Lady’s Museum, Morning and Evening Dress, November 1819. 

THAT. PELISSE.  Easily one of the loveliest things I have ever posted on this here tumblr.  The colors are so gorgeous and I adore that trim work. 

Journal des Luxus, 1791. 

This gown makes me want to get down on my knees and pray to the patron saint of GIVE ME THOSE CLOTHES. 

La Belle Assemblee, Riding Dress, June 1816. 

What a color!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1821. 

What a gorgeous cloak!  It looks so lush and cozy!

Le Bon Ton (Published in the Lady’s Magazine), 1849. 

Both of these gowns are gorgeous, but I particularly like the dark blue trim on the light blue fabric.

Moniteur de la Mode, February 1847. 

I’m utterly in love with that blue gown, and the skirts on the yellow gown are quite lovely, too!

Magasin des Modes, March 1788.

How amazing is this outfit?  The color combo is fabulous, and I’m in love with her huge contrasting collar!  And a spotty petticoat!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1825. 

Look at the awesome back on that blue gown!  

Gallery of Fashion, Morning Dresses, January 1798. 

I’m sorry this scan isn’t great, because this is one of those that I desperately wish was clearer!  The pink gown has some nice back seams and they both have on very unusual bonnet.  And do I spy polka dots?!

The description describes the pink dress as “raven-shaded” and the black trim is made if velvet!

Cabinet des Modes, December 1841. 

What a beautiful explosion of blue!  That cloak is stunning, and I love the pink lining!