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This circa 1885 English dress is somewhat unusual in its fabric and trimmings. The printed silk shows some irregularities, and may have been a sample fabric. Textile workers were sometimes given these samples, which had usually been produced only in small amounts. The fairly complex construction of the garment and the bold combination of velvet and lace as trimmings suggests that the dress was made by someone who was an experienced dressmaker.

Girl's dress of ivory-coloured printed silk trimmed with machine-made lace and blue velvet; England, ca. 1885. Museum Number T.115-1958.

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