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A=Bodice, evening; B=Bodice, day; C=Skirt; D=Apron/Overskirt. 2 toned blue horizontal stripes; iridescent silk. Bodice (A) - broad neckline trimmed w/ 4 bands of cream net alternating w/ black lace w/ black velvet ribbon; capped, puffed sleeves w/ net ruffle; bands of net & black lace applied as if a separate collar (tacked in place) w/ overlap in back to be pinned at left shoulder; boned; natural waist; lace closure center back; lined w/ white cambric. Bodice (B) - matching bodice; high neckline w/ narrow band collar; self-piping at collar & armscye; cream bands w/ black lace & black velvet ribbon applied at shoulders, along front & back (V-shaped back) & cuffs of long sleeves; natural waist; 9 fake pearl shank butons center front w/ 1 hook & eye at waist; boned; lined w/ white cambric; hook & eye tab closure inside waist; sleeves lined w/ white silk & pleated silk band at cuff w/ the rest of the arm lined w/ white cambric. Skirt (C) - matching skirt; smooth front; gathered at back; cream bands w/ black lace (same as bodice B) applied along seams & around hem w/ scalloped effect above hem; bands alternate w/ rows of large cream buttons w/ "X" of black velvet ribbon; fully lined w/ buckram; left front hook & eye closure; pocket on right side. Overskirt/Apron (C) - matches skirt; has several loose panels edged w/ black lace; short side panels; hook & eye closure.
Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.),
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman