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Girl's dress

  • Place of origin:

    Scotland (Made for the donor by her mother., made)

  • Date:

    1965 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    machine and hand stitching; rayon

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Caroline McIntyre

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This garment is part of a larger gift of childrens clothes worn by a girl called Caroline (and some by her brother) spanning the mid 1950s-1960s. The range of clothing shows both the developments in fine quality brands, designs and fashions bought for her and available to many girls in the post war period and, through the increasing size and sophistication of the garments, charts Caroline's own developments from a toddler through towards her teenage years.

Physical description

Dress of a geometric printed rayon material. The print uses different shapes and dimensions of block colours in lime, cornflower blue, Fuchsia pink and turquoise. The dress has a turtle neck at the front, which opens to a pointed collar at the back of the neck. The dress has darts at the front, flared long bell sleeves and is fully lined in a matching turquoise nylon. There is a zip opening on the back central seam of the dress and a matching turquoise metal zip. The dress falls to around knee level and is for a girl of about 12 years old.

Place of Origin

Scotland (Made for the donor by her mother., made)


1965 (made)



Materials and Techniques

machine and hand stitching; rayon


height: 86 cm shoulder hem to bottom hem of dress, width: 47 cm arm pit to armpit, flat, :, width: 47 cm flat across hips

Object history note

Made for the donor by her mother. Material selected from Barnsley Market. This dress is a part of a large gift from Caroline McIntyre, who has donated a range of her childhood clothing.
The gift ranges in size and age group from the donor's and her brother's baby clothes throughout her childhood up to the age of about 14. This is a rare opportunity to follow the changing size, fashions and clothing choices (either her own or those chosen for her) of one individual throughout their childhood of the mid 1950s-1960s including those clothes worn for every day as well as those saved for best.

Descriptive line

Homemade child's dress, made by donor's mother, Scotland, ca.1965

Production Note

hand made from a dress pattern (unknown brand and model) using material sourced from Barnsley market.




Machine stitched; Hand stitched


Children's clothes; Children & Childhood; Scotland; Europeana Fashion Project


Museum of Childhood

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