Here is a long purple calico dress or gown for a collection or re-enactment. Bought from a Mennonite lady in Lancaster Co., Pa. I am mystified as to the history of this dress. The calico is lovely with its tiny purple, red and black design. The dress is very sturdy and has a unique style. It has both hand stitching and machine stitching and the top is fully lined...the skirt is not, nor are the sleeves. It has gathering at the "V" where top meets the waist and also the skirt is gathered at the waist. It has hook and eyes in back to close it. It is about 17" shoulder to shoulder, has a 30" waist and is between 58" and 60" long...it seems a bit longer in the back and the circumference of the skirt seems to go on forever!! Very well made! Perhaps it was made as a costume for a local production?? I can envision "Ma Ingles" wearing this for her Sunday Best on Little House on the Prairie! It could be a dress from the late 1800s...I really am not sure! There are several old repairs and a few loose threads along side seam at waist. Lots of wonderful fabric to remake into something else also.