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Toddler Girl's Dress

Toddler Girl
C.1895-1900. A rarely found item of a working class girl's dress.
This charming gown is made out of stiffly starched printed cotton/linen, and is completely handmade. The dress is printed with a light olive green and beige circle pattern. The sleves are quite puffed. The collar and cuffs are made out of stiff linen embroidered with green thread. The dress is cut with a very high waist which was popular for little girl's dresses at the turn of the century. The skirt is very full and is tightly gauged around the high waist.
The dress is in wearable condition, but the pattern does have fading in some areas and there are some light rust colored spots in areas of the skirt as well. Every seam has miniscule hand stitches. The sleeves have "growth pleats" in them so, as the girl got taller, the sleeves could be let down longer. The back fastens with a shell button (one is missing). It would fit a little girl of 3- 4 years old. My niece Courtney is almost 4 years old and it fits her perfectly.
Measurements: shoulders 11", chest: approx. 22", waist is free, length is approx. 22 1/2", sleeve is 12".
(Formerly L. Hidic)