C.1858-1860. A very lovely and rare little toddler girl's dress made out of white on white
White was a popular colour for early girl's clothing. This has the dropped shoulder seams and wide scoop neckline typical of
mid 19th century children's fashion. The skirt is tightly gauged
and sewn onto the waist of the bodice. The >bodice
front has a semi V shaped fan gathered front, also fashionable at the time. It is lined
in heavy white cotton with no boning, and fastens at the back
with hook 'n hand worked loops and a drawstring waist. One of the hooks had broken off.
has a band of lace around it which shows some wear at the edges. The skirt is not lined but would have had multiple stiffened petticoats underneath it. It does have some wear to the bottom portion and hem, more so at the front which can be expected of a toddler moving about. There are also a few wear holes in the plaid squares at the side and back. Nothing is torn though and the wear would not show once white petticoats were put underneath the skirt. There is a rust spot at the left side at waist level.
It looks like it would have been worn by a girl of 1 - 1 1/2 years old. Measurements: Shoulders 8 1/2", Chest 19", Waist 16", Length 20", skirt hem measures approx. 68" all around. The dress is almost all handmade with the exception of two lines of early treadle stitching.
(Formerly L. Hidic)