C.1838-1841. Worn by a little girl around the age of 2-4 years and is made
out of the finest and softest cotton you have ever felt. It's entirely hand sewn and so much work has gone into the making of this lovely dress.
A transitional style between high waist Regency styles and the gothic 1840's style. The waist shows evidence of the approaching
1840's styles with its pointed waistband and its fan shaped pleated bodice but still has the high waist of the Regency era and full sleeves of the 1830's.
The skirt is gauged and sewn onto the bodice. There are tiny pin tucks and honeycomb shaped embroidery decorating the lower half of the skirt
. The bodice has piped seams with the back princess
being double piped. The neckline
is scooped as is typical for children's wear of the era and the bodice is
boned with 3 whalebones and lined
in cotton drill. The shoulders of the bodice are dropped as is common of the period and have the most wonderful shirring on each shoulder. The sleeves of this dress were originally short but long full sleeves were sewn onto the ends of the short sleeves turning them into epaulets
of the bodice and the sleeve cuffs fasten with old brass hook 'n eyes (all present).
The girl who wore this would have been corseted and would have worn multiple petticoats underneath the skirt to hold it out into the bell
Measurements: Shoulders: approx. 11", Bust: 20", Waist: 18 1/2", Length: 30".
(Formerly from the collection of Leila Hidic)