C.1860-1865. The little girl who originally wore this gorgeous dress was very lucky indeed! It's loaded with oodles of Broderie Anglaise. The dress is completely handsewn with the exception of the machine stitches where, later on, an extra panel of Broderie Anglaise was added at each side underneath each arm to make it bigger. Every seam is piped as is typical with mid 19th century clothing and the dress features a wide <neckline
which was typical for children's clothing. The skirt is tightly gauged
aorund the piped waistband and would have been worn with multiple stiff petticoats or a little cage crinoline to hold it out. Fastens
at the back
with old brass hooks
and handsewn loops. There is a drawstring neckline. There are ties on the inisde of the bodice at the shoulders, to attatch to a vest or a child's corset.
The dress is in excellent clean condition with the exception of a small fray hole at the back
near the waistband of the bodice. The skirt has lovely scalloped edges
. It would fit a toddler aged girl and is very strong but due to the rarity I suggest it be worn very briefly as kids are rough on their clothes. Measurements: Shoulders: 10" but these are slightly dropped. Chest 26 1/2", Waist: 23", length approx. 20 1/2". Would fit a girl of about 15- 24 months depending on height and weight.
(Formerly L. Hidic)