Interior view of dress construction

I am posting several images of two of my favorite children’s dresses found in the clothing collection at Historic Huguenot Street. I fell in love with these dresses several years ago when Ashley Hurlburt and I inventoried the entire clothing collection. It was a two year project – A real labor of love. Both dresses date to around 1845-1850, a little later than when Julia’s daughter would have been wearing them. .

Here is a full description of the dress:
Green and white polka dot dress. Two layers of flouncing along bottom and sleeves. Two fake white sleeve inserts. Pleated bodice with shallow, square neckline. Two, 1/4″ green hair buttons down center back and along waistline. Eight hook-and-eye closures. Skirt, lined in white glazed cotton with a muslin strip gathering along front band. 1/4″ green ribbon trim edging flounces and along skirt and sleeves.

I took quite a few photos of the interior of the green and white polka dot dress, all hand sewn, of course.

If you click on the images, you can get a really close view. If you click again, you can even see the weave in the fabric.

I’ll post the red dress tomorrow along with some fabric swatches from Huguenot Street’s 19th century dresses.
Remember, Julia will write again on May 19th!