Lingerie shop during the rococo period in Paris around 1770.

Lingerie Shop, Paris ca. 1770

THE Vignette represents the Shop of a Lingerie; the Mistress brings under her arm a roll of canvas to show it to a Lady, in front of whom two Shop Girls have a piece of canvas; several other Girls are busy in the service of the Shop.

Pattern of the most common underwear for woman, man and child around 1770. Alphabetical and numerical embroidery patterns.

Excerpt from the book: L’art de la lingere by François Alexandre Garsault. Published 1771.


LA Vignette représente la Boutique d’une Lingerie; la Maîtresse apporte sous san bras un rouleau de toile pour le faire voir à une Dame, devant laquelle deux Fille de Boutique aunent une piece de toile; plusieurs autres Filles font occupées au service de la Boutique.

I. Linge de sein.
II. Coupe du Béguin.
III. Béguin monté.
IV. Tour de Bonnet de laine.
V. Têtiere.
VI. Cornette pour la nuit,
VII. Bonnet rond.
VIII. Lange piqué.
IX. Petits bras.
X. Chemise de Brassiere.
XI. Coupe de la Chemise de Brassiere.
XII. Tour de Lange.
XIII. Bavoir.
XIV. Chaussettes du premier âge.
XV. Chemise du premier âge.
XVI. Biais.

Underwear pattern, Rococo,
PLANCHE II., Plate 2. Underwear pattern at the end of the last third of the 18th century.


A, Chemise de Femme à l’Angloise.
B, Chemise de Femme à la Françoise.
C, Autre Chemise de Femme à l’Angloise.
D, Coëffure de dentelle.
E, Coëffure à deux rangs ou à Bavolet.
F, Bonnnet piqué.
G, Grande Coëffe en mousseline.
H, Petite Coëffe à la Reine.
I, Peignoir en pagode.
K , Manchettes à trois rangs.
L, Mantelet en mousseline.
M, Coqueluchon du Mantelet.

Lingerie, Underwear, pattern, Rococo, 18th, century,
PLANCHE III. Plate 3. Various pattern


Note:  La mode du rococo. Étoffes. Les modes sous Louis XV.

AA, Dedans de Berceau, autrement dessus d’Archet.
BB, Chemise d’Homme.
CC, Manches en amadis.
DD, Col d’Homme.
EE, Manchettes de Botte.
FF, Chaussons.
GG, Tablier de Valet-de-Chambre.
HH, Coëffes de Bonnet.

 Alphabetical, Sewing, embroidery, numerical, instructions
PLANCHE IV. Plate 4. Sewing and embroidery instructions. Alphabetical and numerical embroidery patterns.


A, Le Surjet.
B, Le Point noué ou de boutonniere.
C, Le Point de côté.
D, Le Point devant.
E, Le Point de chaînette,
F, L’arriere-Point.
G,M,H, Trois Figures pour la Couture rabattue.


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