"for as she neither played on the piano-forte nor wore fine pelisses"

 Originally a military garment, the pelisse became a women's fashion item towards the beginning of the 19th century. As worn by women, it was a calf-length coat with an empire waistline (just below the bust), sometimes made of fur, or with a fur lining or trim. During the course of the 19th century, women's dresses became very much fuller and not suited to being worn under the original-style pelisse. However, the term continued to be used to describe a type of dress and a type of cloak, the cloak also being known as a pelisse mantle.