The first of our fashion plates for this month is a Promenade Dress. It makes sense that we are starting to think about walking in Spring.
A fine cambric round robe, with high bodice and long sleeves, not so full as of late; embroidered stomacher front and high collar, trimmed with muslin or lace; a Tuscan border of needle-work at the feet.
A Cossack mantle of pale ruby, or blossom-coloured velvet, lined with white sarsnet, and trimmed entirely round with a broad skin of light sable, ermine, seal, or the American squirrel; a short tippet of the same; the mantle confined at the throat with a rich correspondent silk cord and tassels, very long.
A mountain hat of velvet, the colour of the mantle, finished round the verge with a narrow Vandyke trimming: a small flower placed in the hair beneath, on the left side.
Half-boots the colour of the mantle; and gloves of primrose kid or pale tan.
I thought this quite pretty. And I was interested in the term, mountain hat and the use of American squirrel.
Until next time.....