The dress pattern is a little tatty and has been well used over the years, it was published in 1958, the year I was born and very similar to what I would have worn. It is a very comprehensive pattern, showing the assembling sewing and finishing details.
Smocking is a beautiful old English art and has played a large part in national dress. In Anglo-Saxon days the word smock signified the same undergarment as the runic word, shift, or the French, chemise. The women of the Saxon tribes wore breeches and smocks of linen and a woollen dress over these. As time went on it became the fashion to ornament the upper part of these smocks with fine stitching and to cut down the necks of the over -dresses so as to display the work. These days smocking is rarely seen but can on occasion still be used on children's clothes or ladies blouses.
This trio is a beautiful combination of a pastime gone, smocking and embroidery on clothes is rarely seen these days so they are a wonderful part of history. I hope you have enjoyed looking at them as much as I have enjoyed sharing them.
See you soon.