This "Mommie-made" cotton dress is in Very Good Condition and was sewn in the 1950's with great care (actually by my mother). The fabric she used was almost always made at Dan River Cotton Mills (near our home). Seam edges were "pinked" with pinking shears to prevent raveling and button holes were all done by hand.
Young girl's dresses of that era were often made with a wide (though short) gathered circle skirt like this one. The pink and white plaid skirt is made with a textured nubby cotton fabric with the bodice of the dress in a coordinating solid salmon pink. The sleeves are puffed and are trimmed with the textured fabric.
A wide sash in the back is long enough to tie in a pretty bow. The three buttons are Mother of Pearl and as mentioned the button holes were done by hand. A flower patterned open lace trims the bodice and the pocket. There are a few tiny pin point dark spots noted on the right side of the back. The dress is washable.
From shoulder seam to hem: 19" long
Shoulder to Shoulder (flat) 11 1/2"
Chest = 26" (or flat from armpit to armpit = 13"),
Waist = 26" (or flat from side to side = 13")
*26" around both the chest and the waist. The waist can be gathered more with the tied sash.
The pretty little crew socks that are included are a stretchy fabric that has a small design stitched with pink and metallic silver thread. The socks have "shoe" stains on the feet. They measure 4 1/2" from heel to toe.
The white cotton bloomer type of panties were worn over undies and have eyelet lace around the legs. The tag identifies these as made by Trebor and a size 4 (35-38 pounds).
Vintage 1950's Coral Pink Handmade Cotton Little Girls Dress (Approx. Size 3T - 4T)