- Item 102232 - Dress made by Martha Willey Riley, Cherryfield, ca. 1912
- Contributed by Maine Historical Society
- Item 102232
- 2399px x 6148px - 8.0"w x 20.5"h @ 300dpi | Need a larger size?
- *Credit line must read: Collections of Maine Historical Society
Seamstress Martha Willey Riley likely made this dress while living in Cherryfield, where her husband John Riley was a logger and blueberry farmer.Show Details
Made of purple wool challis, it is very similar to a 1912 design by Lucille, worn by socialites in London, England. Dressing and undressing required a family member or lady’s maid to close or undo the opening’s multitude of hook and eye fasteners on the back. Given the complicated structure of dresses and prior to the advent of zips, dressmakers were adept at devising concealed openings.