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This sewing pattern was drafted from an original dress in the collection of the Atlanta History Center.
This day dress from the Archibald Smith family in Roswell, Georgia is believed to have been made and worn by the lady of the house, Anne Margaret Magill Smith (1807-1887).
Anne Margaret Magill Smith was, by all accounts, an educated lady and a devoted mother. In war-time letters to her sons William, serving with the Confederate Signal Corps, and Archibald, serving with the Georgia Battalion of Cadets, she asks after their health and needs, offers advice, and sends clothing, shoes, honey, and even chickens, along with news from home. With the approach of Sherman’s army in July 1864 the family fled Roswell to the south Georgia town of Valdosta.
The original dress of printed cotton was recently featured on the cover of Historic Fashions Calendar 2001, “During War Times: 1775-1945.” It is part of The Archibald Smith Family Legacy, given by James L. Skinner, Jr. to the Atlanta History Center where it is periodically on exhibition.
Notes include three documented variations on the basic dress.

This dress is designed to be worn over a period corset, hoops, and petticoats. The v-neck bodice fits snugly over the bosom and needs a chemisette or scarf to fill in the low neckline.

The original dress is made from a very light-weight printed cotton. This fabric weight in cotton is not readily available today. Voiles and batistes are recommended to recreate the fine gauging and lightness of the original garment.

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Peachtree Merchantile 206, Dress c.1860, size 08 to 18


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: spiral bound instructions, 20 pound paper, color coded patterns
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