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1878  Springtime
Day Dress

This dress is based on a 1878
day dress from the National Trust
Snowshill Collection.

The fabric used is a very fine
cotton lawn fabric from Liberty of
London.
The print is Ianthe by the French
Art Nouveau designer R.
Beauclair.

This is complimented by a pure
silk fabric in a delicate shade of
primrose yellow.

The dress is made in one piece
and is fully lined in blossom pink
cotton lawn fabric and silk tulle
lace.

The bodice of the dress is very tightly fitted, it has a full length front panel which is
gathered below the front button fastening. The dress fastens with clear plastic press
studs and has tiny primrose coloured buttons sewn down the front.
The back of the dress also has a print panel running full length. This panel is very full
and creates the back bustle.
These panels are trimmed along the edges with fine Nottingham lace in ecru cotton.

The neckline has a stand up collar in primrose silk trimmed with the Nottingham lace.
The sleeves have heavily trimmed cuffs of several rows of lace with a fold back cuff
made from the pink fabric used to line the dress and the Liberty print fabric. The
fold-back has been trimmed with the tiny primrose coloured buttons.

The dress has a tiny pocket on the left side this was designed to hold a pocket watch
and is a nice detail taken directly from the original Snowshill dress.
The hemline of the dress is trimmed with seven pleated sections, these have been
pressed into tiny sharp pleats which fold out over the top into rosettes trimmed with
tiny buttons.

Finally the dress has matching cream coloured shoes in a period style.