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Keywords: Seamstress

Historical Items

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Item 102762

Toy Len Goon's mud silk tunic and pant suit, Guangdong, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1920 Location: Portland Media: Silk, mud, cotton, tan Dioscorea Cirrhosa dye

Item 105672

Two-piece dress and blouse, Cherryfield, ca. 1912

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1912 Location: Cherryfield Media: wool, rayon, cotton, glass

Item 9992

Visitors, Margaret Chase Smith home, Skowhegan, 1949

Contributed by: Margaret Chase Smith Library Date: 1949 Location: Skowhegan; Portland Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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Samplers: Learning to Sew

Settlers' clothing had to be durable and practical to hold up against hard work and winters. From the 1700s to the mid 1800s, the women of Maine learned to sew by making samplers.

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The Mainspring of Fashion

The mainspring of fashion is the process whereby members of one class imitate the styles of another, who in turn are driven to ever new expedients of fashionable change.

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Fashionable Maine: early twentieth century clothing

Maine residents kept pace with the dramatic shift in women’s dress that occurred during the short number of years preceding and immediately following World War I. The long restrictive skirts, stiff collars, body molding corsets and formal behavior of earlier decades quickly faded away and the new straight, dropped waist easy-to-wear clothing gave mobility and freedom of movement in tune with the young independent women of the casual, post-war jazz age generation.

My Maine Stories

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Story

Story of the "little nun"
by Felicia Garant

My grandmother made a nun's outfit for me