1897 Girl's silk dress

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1897 Girl's silk dress
Date 1896-1899
Category Children
Item Dress
Fabric Silk, woven pattern
Decoration Lace, Satin
Wearer -
Maker Liberty & Co
Acc. no. HC.D-2.83-1

1896-1899 A dress in yellow patterned silk

The dress mounted


The silk is in a twill weave with the pattern woven in yellow on a cream ground

The dress is lined with fawn cotton, and the opening is at the centre back.

The top of the bodice is gathered with five lines of stitching over 2" into a 1" wide frill round the neck; a channel goes round inside the base of the frill, for a ½" wide ivory silk ribbon drawstring which ties at the centre back.

The back of the bodice has nine hooks and worked bars, and the skirt is open for 9" below the waist; a 4½" long tear at the end has been carefully mended.

The lower end of the bodice is gathered at the high waist with a large puff at the front; an ivory silk satin sash, about 2" wide with four tucks, sits over the waist seam. At the centre back each end is gathered over a bone and ends in a 1" frill; there are two hooks and eyes underneath the bones, so the frills are pulled together and stick out; the satin next to the gathers is torn on the right. On the left side at the front there is a bow with a 20½" long hanging piece, folded in pleats with a sloping end which shows as zig-zags.

At the shoulders over the top of the sleeves there are ivory satin stiffened epaulettes, 3½" wide, covered with cream chemical lace which has a vandyke edge. The sleeves are puffed over a straight lining, with three rows of gathering ½" apart, round the lower edge from where the silk is folded up inside to form a soft edged frill, 2½" at its widest.

On the inside of the bodice there is an ivory silk ribbon round the lower edge, ⅝" wide, as a waistband. The label is sewn there at the centre front; it says: Liberty & Co Ltd   London & Paris

Contemporary illustrations


A page from a sample book in the Liberty Archive

The fabric design was registered on 28th February 1896 by Liberty and the image here is a page from a sample book dated mid-1890s in the Liberty Archive.

Liberty Retail Ltd.

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