Child's Shift and Short Gown

Collection Type

  • Clothing and accessories

Date

1780-1810

GUSN

GUSN-12782

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

Descriptive Terms

dresses (garments)
block printing (relief printing process)
stitching
linen (material)
dots
Dress
Children's clothing
Cotton
Hand Stitched
Transfer Printed
Dotted
Vermicelli
Women's Clothing
Dress

Maker

Unknown

Accession Number

1963.15AB