This is a young girls dress probably from about 1880-1900. It is made of a tobacco brown polished cotton material. I’ve really only seen material like this used for lining bodices, etc. but this is a fully constructed dress including a set in pocket on one side. It has pleated decorative trim of the same fabric on the neck and cuffs which also have attached lace. The waistband sits higher than the actual waistline. The hem has a wide pleated ruffle. The dress closes in back with 2 buttons, but the button at the neckline is missing. The approximate measurements when flat are: shoulder seam to seam – 9 1/4”; sleeve shoulder to cuff – 9 1/2”; neck to waistband – 7”(to the center of the band); neck to hem – 32”. The dress has some damage as follows: there is a dark stain on the lace of the LEFT cuff; the seam up the back from the hem ruffle to the opening is torn (it is basically open all the way to the hem). There are old mends to the button area at the waist band. There is some staining to the fabric as well. Just my musings, but I imagine the dress was made for the seamstress's child out of the left over lining material from a finer dress. The dress is still pretty sturdy and does display nicely.
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