Materials: Dress: White cotton printed with red, yellow
and blue flowers and dark brown dots, unbleached cotton muslin bodice
lining, brass and steel hooks and eyes. Apron: white cotton printed with
red and pink vertical floral design, trimmed with pink and white striped
cotton. 2nd Apron: white cotton printed with dark pink and brown pairs
of dots, trimmed with pink and red calico cotton.
Provenance: These garments were
purchased from Ida J. Mixer's 90 year old Vermont grand-daughter.
Label: Two paper labels with script,
"This dress made by Annie J. Mixer for her daughter Ida J. Mixer in
Condition: Dress: Excellent, near
perfect. One small light brown stain on bodice. Apron: Excellent. Two
small brown spots and small holes where apron was pinned to shoulders of
dress. 2nd Apron: Fair. Large mottled brown stain.
Measurements: Dress: Sh-Sh,
10"; Chest, 21"; W, 19"; Dress L, 20"; Hem C,
69". Apron: L, 19"; Wd, 23". 2nd Apron: L, 18"; Wd,
Comments: Toddler's dress closes at
bodice front, short sleeves are scalloped and neckline, armscyes and
waist are piped. The dress and aprons have machine and hand stitching.
The machine stitching was done on an early sewing machine - the
characteristic chain stitching shows on the underside. Existing calico
aprons for children are very rare - even rarer to have family provenance
as well as the dress which was worn with the aprons. Ida J. Mixer saved
these special and personal mementos - one can assume that these charming
garments brought back treasured childhood memories of little Ida
learning to cook with her mother in the family kitchen.