C. 1875. A striking natural colored crisp linen summer outfit
to wear to the seaside.
The girl who wore this was very lucky indeed! The outfit consists of a long paletot type jacket
ties on the inside
to adjust the back gathers
for the size of the bustle and a skirt which has a
gauged but unfinished waistband
. The high round neckline of the jacket and the sleeve cuffs are edged with
a handworked Broderie Anglaise
trim. The front of the jacket does not have any buttons as these were
removable. The holes
still remain where you can insert the shanks of the removable buttons,
The bodice is semi fitted at the back with long princess seams and there is a pocket on each side of the hip.
The skirt needs a waistband sewn back onto it and a fastening. but is slightly longer at the back
to accomadate a little girl's bustle. There were originally pintucks in the skirt (the stitch holes remain)
but these were let out gradually as the girl got taller. The shoulder seams are dropped and piped.
There is also a pocket at the seam on the lower
right side in which I found the remains of sand! Striking red and white wool soustache trim
decorates the jacket and the skirt, although there are areas of wear to the trim. The whole dress is clean and strong enough to be worn
(especially when a waistband is sewn onto the skirt) but it does have wear from the nature of it's use and age, this was a dress for playing in at the beach. There are no rips or tears but there are lots of rust colored spots from age on areas of the jacket and the skirt which are permanent.
Measurements: Neck 10 1/2", Shoulders 12 1/2" (these are dropped seams so shoulders of about 11" would be ideal), Bust 30"-31", Waist is free. Jacket length 27" at the front (longer at the back to go over a bustle
), Sleeve length approx. 17". Skirt waist is 24", Length 29". (Formerly from the collection of Leila Hidic)