This dress belonged to my great, great aunt Tess. I'm not to sure how old this dress is, but Tess died in 1924. It looks like the late 1800's. This was the best dress in the world to play like you were Laura Ingalls. Of course the dress was huge on me when I was little but I didn't care. I also had an old pocketbook that was my Aunt Claras that I would carry when I dressed up. I didn't really appreciate the work in this old dress then. Look at the gingham strips that were inserted into the bottom and sleeves:The dress buttoned up the front with hook and eye closures. What a pain it was to hook all these up!
And the back had a slight train to it.As I grew older the dress was put away. Until our church decided to have old fashioned days. I immediately thought of this dress. Aunt Clara still had it! I wore this for several years for old fashioned day and so did my cousin. Some where along the way it got a tear in the fabric near the left underarm, so we would just pin a small bouquet of flowers there. When Aunt Clara and Uncle Roy went into the assisted living facility, she told me to take the dress. As I pulled it out last night I noticed it is beginning to dry rot. Especially along the bottom where it has drug the ground for so long. I'm not sure how to preserve this or even if it is worth preserving. Perhaps our local historical museum would want it. I may give them a call.
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In other news, we are melting here is SW Virginia! Oh my stars! For the next week our temperatures will soar into the mid and upper 90's! Our average temperature for June is high 70's to mid 80's. This is more like August weather. I hope this isn't a preview to what this summer will be like. Uhhhh.
And I also finished March's block of the month last night! Whoo Hoo! Only 3 more to go and I will be caught up!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!