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Object Name Dress
Catalog Number 1974.008.00006
Date 1895-1910
Description Child dress of white cotton with a plain fabric weave. The neckline is round and falls at the natural neckline. The dress has back closure with buttons. The edge is bound by a .25" wide strip of double fold. The slip stitched on the outside and the hem stitched on the inside. The shoulder seams fall at the top of the shoulder. The seam was .50" originally, however, now frayed to .375". The dress is hand stiched with running stitch, however, the edges are unfinished. The sleeves are straight and full length with verticle armscye. The arms were set in by hand with a running stitch on the armscye, .25" seam. The sleeve seams are in the center back. The seams are .25", machined stitched, with the edges overcast. The lower edge is faced with a 1" wide piece of matching fabric. The sleeves and facing edges are turned under .25" and are slipped stitched. One strip of braid trim is machine stitched, .625", from the lower edge. Stitched on the upper and lower edge of the ribbon. The braid is cotton, .25" width. Both edges are finished with a single row of chain stitch. A double row of chain stitch runs through the middle of the ribbon. The bodice is short with the lower edge just under the breast. The center front has nine tucks running vertically from neckline to waist. The tucks are .1875" wide and spaced .0625" apart. The tucks are machine stitched. The braid trim is the same as it is on the sleeves and sewn at both outside edges of the tucks. The right piece is sewn .1875" from the tucks and the left piece is sewn slightly less than .125" from the tuck. The back bodice has a center back opening and that closes with buttons. The center back edges are turned under 1" and machine stitched in 1" from the outside edge. The inner edges of the turned under pieces are salvaged. There are four button holes on the right side of the center back opening. The holes are .375" long and appear to be hand stitched (1.25" apart). The buttons on the left side are .25" from the edge. The buttons are shell, round, .375" in diameter with four way sew thru holes. There are five vertically running tucks on each side. The buttons start in 1.0625" from the center back edges and are constructed in the same manner as those on the bodice front. There is braid trim on both sides running parallel and .125" from the outer tucks. The braid is the same as that used on the sleeves. The lower edge, front and back, is turned under .25" and machine stitched. The skirt in the front and back is bell shaped: 12.50" wide at the top, 32.25" at the bottom. There is a small tight gathering across the top. The braid is the same used on the sleeves and runs around the upper edge of the skirt and is machine stitched on the upper and lower edges of the braid. Center-Back Placket: Extends down 8" from the waist. There are raw edges turned under .25" and then turned under again. The right edge is .75", the left edge is .375". The edges were then machine stitched. The right side overlaps the left side and the bottom of the placket is hand stiched with running stitch. The side panels run from the underarm area to the hem: 3" at the top, 10" at the hem. The side panels have a plain seam, .25" wide, and are machine stitched. The edges are raw but sewn together with overcast stitch. The hem width varies from 3" to 3.3125". The upper edge is turned under .25" and machine stitched. There are small tucks in six places to take in fullness.
Dimensions L-22 inches
Owned Mercedes Gladys Zirkle Valentine
Provenance This child's dress came from the estate of Mrs. Mercedes Gladys Zirkle Valentine (1892-1974). The dress was worn by her as a child while growing up in North Carolina.
People Valentine, Mercedes Gladys Zirkle
Subjects girls
clothing & dress