Dressing Up, Dressing Down

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Object Name: dress

Date: 1836-1840

Accession Number: 1947.2087
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • cotton
  • silk
  • printed

Girl's dress in yellowish fawn cotton satin, printed with small sprig design in puce; wide rounded neck, and short, puffed sleeves; fastening at neck with drawstring and pearl button and loop, two pearl buttons at waist; bodice front in one bias-cut section, back in one section each side of centre back opening, pleated at back of neck and onto cotton-lined waistband; neck, collar, waistband and sleeveband trimmed with cream silk braid and heart design centre front above waistband in same braid; skirt in two widths gathered to bodice, two lines of braid at top of deep hem. Skirt has been shortened at waist by 5.5 cm, as evidenced by previous stitch marks and threads.

Detachable oversleeves: Long oversleeves, cut in one section, gathered to shoulder and to wide wristband edged with braid, fastening with two buttons and loops; gathered tuck above elbow forming frill, slightly wider at outer arms; fastening with loops to two pearl buttons on shoulder of dress, concealed under collar.

Overbodice: Front fastening with two pearl buttons and button loops at cotton-lined waistband and three more above to high round neck with turn-down collar, narrow at back; front and back each tapering to centre waist, cut in one section each side, seamed over shoulders and down centre back, in one piece with frill gathered on shoulder and just below shoulder, wide on shoulder and tapering to waist; collar, front edges, shoulder frill, shoulders, waistband and tabs below waistband all trimmed with cream silk braid.


Type: Length (dress)
Height: 54 cm

Type: Waist
Height: 53

Type: Circumference (hem)
Height: 130

Type: Length (bodice)
Height: 18

Type: Waist (bodice)
Height: 54