Dating possible re-worked antique cotton calico dress

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Label Q & A' started by BrookeNault, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. BrookeNault

    BrookeNault Registered Guest

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    Hi all - I've got a lovely antique cotton calico print dress, however, the construction makes me believe it was up cycled / re-worked. Any info would be greatly appreciated!

    The diamond buttons are glass mother of pearl. There's hem tape and a few fabric patches that I did not see until I turned her inside out. One snap closure at neckline.

    Thanks much!

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  2. bycinbyhand

    bycinbyhand Trade Member

  3. MirandaLT

    MirandaLT Registered Guest

    Love the dress! Do you still have it?
  4. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    The hem tape is wrong for the period. It looks like a c. 1915 dress, probably bought through a catalogue (those small scale cotton print dresses were popular with rural clients) but I don't like the hem tape - that's a much later feature than the dress. I am trying to think of the earliest I have seen hem tape and I can't think of anything prior to 1940s - anybody else seen it earlier? For this period it should have a wide bias-cut cotton band, probably in black cotton and about 2 inches wide. So it has either been hemmed up or rehemmed more recently.
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