A green blouse from 1895

Market Lavington had dressmakers, who worked from a cottage at the lower end of Parsonage Lane, but many of the clothes in our museum were hand made by local residents. This green blouse was made by Hannah Gye before her wedding to Walter James, who had the bakery and grocery store at 1, High Street, Market Lavington.

green jacket snip 2

Hannah’s fabrics were a sage green silk and darker green velvet. This garment would have taken a long time to make and required proficiency in a range of sewing techniques.

green jacket ruching

This close up shows the stitching which gathered the material to form the ruched feature around the yoke.

green jacket buttons

All the buttonholes were hand sewn and there was ecru trimming at the neck and  trimming inside the cuffs too.

green jacket cuff

This view into the sleeve shows the lining. We presume that Hannah was pleased with her efforts, as the garment has been kept safely and is still in good condition after 125 years.

green jacket snip

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