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Child's Shift and Short Gown

Description

This child's shift and short gown were both made from the same undyed linen printed with a small red dot vermiculate and undulating "vermicelli" pattern. The shift is made for a very young child, opening up the center back, shaped with drawstrings high at the waist and neckline, with holes set center front for a lower waistline to accommodate growth. The short gown was made for an older child from the same textile--probably at the same time-- possibly for siblings or for one child to grow into. It is cut as an adult woman's short gown to wear over stays and a petticoat: a loose wrapper with long sleeves and an open front that closes with string ties set in the front opening at chest height.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1780-1810
Material
block printing (relief printing process)
linen (material)
stitching
Object type
Clothing--Outerwear
Descriptive terms
block printing (relief printing process)
Children's clothing
Cotton
dots
Dotted
DRESS
dresses (garments)
Hand Stitched
linen (material)
stitching
Transfer Printed
Vermicelli
Women's Clothing
Accession Number
1963.15AB
GUSN
12782

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