Girl's Long Sleeve Print Dress, about 1840

1938-1845

White cotton dress roll-printed with with tiny red flower sprig pattern. Long bishop-style sleeves gauged at top. High waist with gathered skirt. Piped seams throughout. Appears to have been constructed from another garment: bodice pieced idiosyncratically, print oriented in different directions, and wear patterns inconsistent. Old stitches and folds visible on inside, indicating old tuck or fold had been let out in order to reuse fabric. Wire hooks and eyes on sleeves not hammered flat. Hand-sewn. This is a fashionable girl's dress that mimics a mother's dress style. With its low shoulder, it does not permit much movement. It is also notable for its reuse of an early roller-print fabric from another garment. That the hooks and eyes on the sleeves are not hammered flat is unusual.


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