The moment I laid my eyes on this beautiful little dress it reminded me of Little Carrie on "Little House on the Prarie" when she was running through a field of wild flowers in the opening credits. Made from a fine linen batiste, it has a wide "V" accent, (hand embroidered) eyelet which goes from waist to shoulder and then over, where it repeats in the back. It is further accentuated with a fine French Valenciennes lace. It closes in the back with 3 buttons and a snap. The back closure system was a mess when I got it and had to be repaired and I also repaired a small tear where the skirt had come loose at the waist and left a tiny tear. Other than that, other than to clean and press it, I left it alone. There are a few small holes and weak spots but the only 2 flaws that will ever show are a small hole at the neckline and a repair by one of the buttons in the back (both pictured). Neither changes the asthetic value whatsoever. The measurements are as follows:
Shoulder to shoulder - 9.5"
Underarm to underarm - 13"
Waist - 28"
Length from shoulder to hem - 21"
Skirt circumference - 59"
I would guess this was a play dress, worn for more informal occasions where the child would be in view of the public. After ironing this little number, no kid of mine would have worn it unless the President himself would have been in attendance. Whew! Bright white, free from stains and absolutely darling.
Hand laundered and pressed c. 1910 - 20 very good condition