Wednes Oct 8th Have been sewing pretty steady to day have finished
my dark french print dress and have worn it this
evening This afternoon called at Mrs Swains with
Mrs S Ames Her brothers wife is there from Nantucket
with two children & her nurse is there and with her
father & mother made quite a family, nine of them
Mrs Swain said She appears quite smart
She doesn’t mention her condition in her journal today, but Evelina was still afflicted with nettlerash, and would continue to be for another several days. Why was her version of this troublesome condition so much more severe than her daughter’s had been? Did the two, in fact, even have the same illness?
The only way to cope was to keep moving forward. As least Evelina seemed able to sit and sew, enough to complete a “dark french print dress” she had been working on for some time. (Perhaps the fabric was not unlike the example of a 19th century French print fabric in the above illustration.) She even changed into the new dress for the evening. Sarah Lothrop Ames may have stopped in from next door for the two sisters-in-law went to call on Ann Swain, wife of John Swain, the new bookkeeper and clerk at the shovel company.
Ann Swain was pregnant, almost at full term and doing well, appearing “quite smart.” She was surrounded by relatives – “nine of them” – who had evidently traveled from Nantucket in order to assist at the birth. The baby would be Mrs. Swain’s first, and her parents as well as others were on hand to help. Neither Sarah nor Evelina would be needed.
* Courtesy of http://www.french-treasures.blogspot.com
2 thoughts on “October 8, 1851”
Evelina’s dark floral print would be right at the height of fashion in 2014, despite the changes in style. In 2014 dresses take considerably less fabric.
Yes, I don’t think we need 25 yards to make a frock these days.