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Yellow mid calf length cotton women's dress. The dress has a high neckline with a white starched collar with a scalloped decorative edge. There is a white label with red and blue stitching sewn into the inside of the neckline. It reads "Dix-made Trade Marks Sanforized 98016" and has a blue cross and two red triangles in the middle. The dress has short sleeves that are slightly puffed at the shoulders and have white starched fold-up sleeves with a decorative scalloped edge. There is a small pocket over the left breast with a strip of white decorative scalloping on it. There is a central opening with a snap closure at the collar line and four white buttons from the collar to the waist line. The buttons are smooth and have rounded tops. They are attached to the dress without stitches but instead, the shank of the button is put through a tiny button hole and a small bobby pin like clip is slid through the shank hole and holds the button in place from the inside of the dress. The waistline has a strip of the same yellow cotton fabric stitched on like a belt to emphasize the waistline. It has a triangular tab just to the left of the center and has another white button on it. The central opening continues on below the waistband for two more buttons and then stops, but visually there is a flap of material than goes all the way to the bottom of the dress giving the impression that the opening continues. There is a larger pocket below the waistband to the right side that has decorative white scalloping. The overall shape of the dress skirt is an a-line. The back of the dress is quite plain. The collar and sleeve cuffs continue around to the back. The waistband is visible and unadorned. There are two seams running from the waistband to the hem of the dress.
"Dix-made Trade Marks Sanforized 98016" (White label with red and blue stitching)
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),
11 7/16 (W) (inches)
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation