The cotton dress is roller printed with alternating stripes of brown and blue leaf patterns. The sleeves and hem are edged with Van Dyke points of plain ivory cotton. This is an enormous amount of work since everything was sewn by hand.
The invention of roller printing on textiles revolutionized fashion. It became possible to inexpensively produce multicolored patterns with fine lines and seamless joins, replacing hand-blocked prints affordable only by the wealthy. Early roller print designs are treasured today by collectors.
The fullness of the Empire bodice can be adjusted with the cords inserted into casings. The dress has back sash ties. Everything is completely hand stitched http://vintagetextile.com