This cute little dress is just so back-to-school in it’s looks! It’s a little small on Madge, so I’m guessing it was a girl’s, but the average woman was tiny by today’s standards. Almost every woman wore something similar on a daily basis back in the day.
It’s a lovely cotton with woven-in plaid – maybe made at home. The style is typical shirtwaist, excepting for a ruffle that goes all the way around at hip level. Maybe this was someone’s idea of adding something original to their creation. It’s not a peplum, so . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
maybe the piece of fabric was too short and the tailor wanted to dress up the seam that had to go there. I have found many home-sewn garments that tell stories about shortage of materials or mistakes, especially from the times when the Depression or World War was changing everyone’s lives .
Such a treat to find pretty vintage fashion that also tells something about history . . . . . .
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