About this artwork
This length of white silk was designed to be cut into a man’s waistcoat. The embroidery delineates the cut of the garment, including pointed pocket flaps, and forms small red and blue circles, which were intended as button covers. Colorful floral sprigs, bouquets, and delicate landscapes encircled by leafy wreaths produce a lively yet elegant pattern. Fabric needs to be kept taut while it is embroidered, so it is stretched on a rectangular frame, and it is easier to do this before the fabric is cut into the pieces of the garment. the image below shows a finished waistcoat from approximately the same time period.
Currently Off View
- Uncut Waistcoat
- Silk, plain weave; embroidered with silk in individual back, outline, running, satin, split and stem stitches; couching; laid work and French knots
- 104.5 × 55.8 cm (41 1/8 × 22 in.)
- Restricted gift of Mrs. John V. Farwell, III