(A-C) Child's ensemble in ivory white silk faille embroidered with blue and green butterflies with black seed beads at antennas consisting of jacket, bodice, and skirt.
(A) Ivory white silk faille jacket cut-away style; four mother-of-pearl buttons with floral cut-out decoration; two buttons either side of center front neck; navy blue thread loops secured with green knot under buttons at proper left neck; blue silk satin piping at center front opening, hem, and sleeve hems; embroidered green scalloped design along edges at center front opening, hem, and sleeve hems; embroidered blue butterflies with green dots with floral vines between wrap around edges at center front opening, hem, and sleeve hems; smaller butterflies embroidered at center back neck and center back near hem; lining in ivory white china silk; self bias facing; ivory satin ribbon box pleated at inside sleeve hems.
Label: none
(B) Ivory white silk faille bodice with blue satin piping; small blue silk satin piping at neckline and shoulder seams; six blue silk faille covered buttons at center front; green hand-sewn buttonholes; large blue silk satin piping at back and front princess seams and sleeve hems; cotton muslin waistband at hem; eight mother-of-pearl buttons at waist; center back panel gathered into waistband; bodice flat-lined in cotton muslin; self selvage edge at center front facing; two hook-and-eye closures at center front waist.
Label: none
(C) Ivory silk faille fourteen gore skirt; waistband embroidered with small butterflies facing toward center front except center front butterfly which faces up; waistband with blue silk satin piped edges; pocket flaps embroidered with sprigs; pocket flap edge with blue silk satin piped edge; mother-of-pearl button at top and bottom of each flap; proper left pocket is non-functional; each gore embroidered with butterfly on a sprig; green scallop design at hem; blue silk satin piping at hem; center back opening with two button holes; ivory china silk at waistband lining; cotton muslin inner waistband with eight button holes; polished linen lining; self faced hem.
Label: none
Date: c. 1865


  • Title: Girl’s Ensemble Front View
  • Date Created: 1863/1867
  • Location Created: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: Bodice CB: 9 ¾″ Jacket CB: 10 5⁄8″ Skirt CB: 15 ¼″
  • Provenance: FIDM Museum Purchase
  • Type: Girl's Ensemble
  • Rights: © FIDM Museum & Library, Inc. Image made available for limited non-commercial, educational, and personal use only, or for fair use as defined in the United States copyright laws. Users must cite the author and source of the image as they would material from any printed work, and the citations should include the URL “www.fidmmuseum.org”. For publication or press requests, visit http://www.fidmmuseum.org/about/rights-and-reproductions/ or email imagerights@FIDMmuseum.org.
  • Medium: Silk faille, cotton embroidery floss & mother-of-pearl

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