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Two Canezous (Sheer Vest or Jacket) c. 1795 - 1810

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These two Canezous are lovely examples of a jacket style that developed in France in 1795 as the new higher waisted gowns came into fashion. These were meant to be worn over a gown like a Spencer. Later fashion plates show a long sleeved version made from velvet.
Canezou A was embroidered after it was constructed and is a fine example of needlework.
Canezou B has tambour work designs in an allover pattern. More than likely this work was done before the fabric was cut.
These canezous would have been worn over a gown with a shift, stays, and with at least one petticoat.

The original fabrics are white sheer cottons with small embroidered designs. A light weight jaquard or tone on tone stripe would also be appropriate.
The ruffles on collar, sleeve and hem are plain woven cotton with no design.

When deciding which size is correct for you to use, measure your rib cage under your bust, preferably with your stays and underpinnings on.

Sizes 8 - 18 or 18 - 28

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