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  • Place of origin:

    USA (made)

  • Date:

    1987 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pullen, Martha (designer)
    Martha Pullen Company Inc (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, smocked and ribbon-threaded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    20th Century, Room 76, case 11

Physical description

Little girl's smock dress of ivory cotton, with a round neck and raglan puffed sleeves. The fullness of the dress falls from the neck and is smocked in stem, cable and chevron stitches in pink and teal blue, with pink satin baby ribbon threaded through the bottom rows. The lace-edged sleeves are similarly smocked and ribbon threaded. The dress fastens at the back with a button and stitched loop at the neck, and a press stud below that; and the ends of the ribbon threaded through the neck smocking tie across the back.

Place of Origin

USA (made)


1987 (made)


Pullen, Martha (designer)
Martha Pullen Company Inc (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton, smocked and ribbon-threaded


Length: 42.5 cm centre back

Object history note

Possibly photographed at Museum of Childhood for feature in the Martha Pullen Company Inc's "Sew Beautiful" magazine, notably for Christmas 1988.

Descriptive line

Girl's smock-dress, Martha Pullen, American, 1987

Labels and date

Designed by Martha Campbell Pullen (North American)
Made by Martha Pullen Co., U.S.A., 1987
Cotton, smocked and ribbon-threaded
Given by Martha Pullen

Martha Pullen has developed an extremely successful
retail and wholesale business built on traditional
techniques of smocking and embroidery. Her business
includes the supply of clothes patterns with smocking
instructions, kits, sewing tuition at the Martha Pullen
School of Art Fashion, and a quarterly magazine
Sew Beautiful. []






Children's clothes


Museum of Childhood

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