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Regency child's dress

#6942         $1,100    Reserved

Child's roller printed cotton dress, 1820s

The invention of roller printing on textiles revolutionized fashion. It became possible to inexpensively produce multicolored patterns with fine lines and seamless joins, replacing hand-blocked prints affordable only by the wealthy. Early roller print designs are treasured today by collectors.

The sweet child's dress is printed with alternating stripes of Persian-style motifs and tiny flowers on a cotton broadcloth ground. The high-waisted bodice and cuffs are lined with ivory linen. The dress closes in back with hooks at the waist. The skirt has one wide tuck around the hem. Everything is hand stitched.

The cheerful combination of pink, bisque, and light steel blue on a beige ground (3rd picture down) is perfect for a little princess. The dress has much to teach us. The style, probably in imitation of her mother's fashionable dress, shows how a young girl was seen as a "little woman," preparing for a role in society, patterned after her mother.

The condition is almost excellent. On the lower back skirt is a beige stain that looks like part of the print until you examine the stain closely.

It measures: 24" chest, 20 1/2" waist; 10 1/2" from shoulder seam to shoulder seam; 20 1/2" sleeve length, including the cuff; 7 1/2" from the shoulder to the top of the high waist; and 37 1/2" from shoulder to hem. I also found two early, small mends.

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