Oh to be a little girl in the 1900's...
This is Grandma Irene little heirloom dress. I got this the same day she gave me her christening gown and Grandpa Clive's christening gown. Little dresses like this make me want a little girl. It's a very basic square yolk dress made out of batiste, not the greatest quality - but it's still here after all these years so it held up well.
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On the back there are twill tape ties to close the dress and one mother of pearl button you can't quite see at the bottom of the yolk. All the lace on the dress if cotton and made in France.
The sleeve detail shows lots of lace and pretty layers. Notice that there is lace edging on the edge of the collar and sleeve, you can also see some insertion and then the flounce of Swiss edge under the collar.