Baby's long gown of fine white linen, in a style reminiscent of 16th century fashionable dress. The gown has a rounded neck and wrist-length sleeves: the original neckline, which has speckled embroidery and a lace edge, has been filled in with a lace-edged yoke of diagonally placed foliage-patterned cutwork material matching some of the insertion on the bodice and skirt; the split cap sleeves, which are finished with a lace-edged band of the foliage-patterned cutwork, have been extended with full wrist-length undersleeves finished with lace at the wrist. The bodice has a V-shaped panel at the centre front, composed of horizontally aligned foliage-patterned cutwork which is framed with lace-edged muslin strips worked with a pendant-flowering vine motif in an Ayrshire-like technique. The bodice back is finished with two pairs of partly-stitched vertical tucks, and the waist with a single row of speckle-stitch. The gathered skirt is finished at the hem with rows of horizontal tucking and a lace-edged strip of the flowering vine embroidery, beneath an apron-shaped panel of insertion (the leaf-patterned cutwork diagonally placed, with a further single strip at each side, and a length of the flowering vine strip). The gathered, slightly shorter overskirt is open at the centre front and finished at the hem and edges with parallel tucking, and lace-edged and speckle-stitched flowering vine embroidery. The garment fastens at the back of the bodice with waist (and originally neck) drawstrings, a button and stitched buttonhole, and a button and loop.

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  • Title: Long gown
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1860/1870
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 75.6 cm centre back, Length: 29¾ in centre back
  • Provenance: Given by Miss R. Maxwell
  • Medium: Linen trimmed with lace and embroidery

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