Circa 1870s, this dress is made of the classic white waffle-weave pique that was popular for decades for clothing for children and teens. This princess-line dress would have been ideal for a doll dressed as a teen of the time, especially one with a leather body with hands that would fit through the sleeve cuffs. The circumference of the cuffs is 2 1/2" (6 cm). The dress closes down the front with tiny 3-hole buttons and hand worked button holes, along with a tiny brass hook at the throat. The hemline is pleated embroidered cotton scallops and lace, as well as a piece of blue-grey silk ribbon overlaid with more lace. The neckline is high, with a standing collar. The dress is all hand made, and is in excellent condition, with the exception of a small yellow stain in the middle of the back. In addition, there is a simple cotton petticoat with a waist size of about 7" (18 cm). They are laundered and ready to wear by just the right Jeune Fille!
The dress measures 9 1/2" long from shoulder to hem (24 cm) with a shoulder measurement of 4 1/4" (10.7 cm) with a sleeve length of 5" (12.5 cm). The petticoat fits nicely under the dress. I estimate that the pair oar for dolls in the size range of 16 - 17" (41 - 43 cm).
Antique French Fashion Dress + Petticoat for Ingenue - White Pique