How lovely this young girl must have looked in this minute zig zag and flower print. I think she might have been 8 or 9. The striped cotton is typical of this period for women's dresses, a finer almost see through stripe, alternating with a denser one.
From the collection of the late Mrs June Jeffreys (1928 – 2016) who married George William Eyre Jeffreys (1931 - 2019) in 1960. The house Newhouse, Redlynch, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, has been in the family for 400 years and many of the dress collection was inherited through Mr Jeffrey’s family.
The roller printed striped cotton gound with a dark brown zig zag and flower head print in a rust red, yellow, mid green and blue on a fine striped ground.
The large neck with rouleau trim band, with similar trim across the front shoulders, mother of pearl buttons to the shoulders, the bodice front tightly gathered in a fan shape to the high waist, a wide 'waistband', the back fastened with a self covered button and loop to the top, with two brass hooks and eyes to the waist, the huge puffed sleeves tightly gathered and with rouleau trim band, the skirt tightly gathered, the bodice partly lined in cotton, a narrow tape with a buttonhole attached to the inside top puff, the inside hem with a 9 in; 22 cm deep cotton inner hem.
Shoulder to hem 34 in; 86 cm
Hem circumference 7ft 6 in; 2.3 m
One underarm puff has split cotton 3 in; 8 cm. This needs a little cotton support underneath.
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