Dress, 1865-1870

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Red wool, black soutache trim
Gift of Mrs. Mary H. McCracken and Mrs. Storey McLinn

Sewing machines made clothesmaking easier, but did not rule out handsewing entirely. Women still practiced fine handsewing skills and copied elaborate patterns from magazines such as Godey’s Ladies Book. The red wool of this child’s dress sets off the elaborately patterned black trim that was likely hand applied. The plaid dress is featured in the Ready-Made / Handmade Era.

Accession Number: 1990.1267 - Click To Request Information.

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