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Material: Linen Cotton Blend & Batiste Ayrshire Lace
Size: Dress, Length ~ 21 & 1/2 inches, Chest ~ 29 inches, Back,
shoulder seam /shoulder seam ~ 10 & ½” Neck ~ apx 12 inches, Armhole
~ apx. 10 inches, Sleeve Length ~ 17 inches Knickers, Waist ~ 27
inches, Hips ~ 30 inches, Length ~ 18 & 1/2 inches, Leg Opening
~ apx. 10 inches
Quantity: 1 Set = 2 pcs.
This Victorian outfit remains in incredibly good antique estate condition. We did
not find a single rip, tear, split, etc. to either dress or knickers. While examining
the lace with a jewelers loupe to confirm that it was indeed handmade I encountered
an apx. 1 inch period repair that is so well done that it had remained undiscovered
through all of my previous examining, handling, washing and ironing. Granted, now
that I am of a certain age my eyes are not what they used to be, but I must surely
have had my glasses on some of the times I handled this piece and I still never discovered
the mend! When the dress is on, this area of the collar would rest at about underarm
level, right front, as you are facing child or mannequin. Due to the fullness and
ruffles this it is extremely difficult to see and I really think you'd have to know
exactly where it is to find it. Remainder of lace is in excellent, strong, distress
The outfit was yellowed from storage, so I washed and pressed it and was amazed that
the pink striped fabric still retains very good color. I checked the underside of
the collar to see if the color was more intense there than on the rest of the garment,
which would have indicated fading, but the color is virtually the same. I did find
one pin head size speck remaining, as well as a very small yellowish narrow line
mark that had been hidden in the folds of the right sleeve, other than that the dress
is excellent. The knickers are also very nice, however the little Master apparently
liked to get on his knees in the dirt, because there is a small amount of light,
diffused yellowing right at the leg opening, where the elastic is. This is really
quite minor and light, mostly on one leg edge, with just a hint on the other, however
I overlooked pre-treat this area, so I think a pre-treatment and another soak would
resolve. (both knee & sleeve) The fabric is strong. It looks and feels very good.
Even the garment seams all appear to be very nice, with no thread breakage and/or
seams opening, etc. All buttons and hooks are even all still present.
I can really only identify two things that might bother the perfectionist. One is
that the elastic cord at the knee no longer retains much stretch and could be replaced
if desired. Purists like me would prefer to leave it exactly as it is. Second is
that the ribbon sash is no longer present, but this also could be replaced with an
appropriate coordinating period ribbon, apx 2 & ¼ inches wide.
Overall, we feel this child's dress and knickers set is in exceptionally nice antique
condition and a truly fine example of hard to find Victorian children's fashion.
The large, desirable hand made white work Ayrshire lace collar is truly like icing
on the cake!