18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, August 15, 1913: Ma finished a lavender gingham dress for me. I’ve had it for some time. I wanted to make it myself, but Ma didn’t want me to.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma—How annoying that Ma wouldn’t let you make the dress! !! You could have done an awesome job on it.
Here’s the description of a lavender dress pictured in the May 1, 1911 issue of Ladies Home Journal:
The lilac and white plaid gingham on the right is trimmed with strips of plain lilac gingham. The waist is cut in one with the elbow sleeves and is made ready to wear with a guimpe. The skirt has four gores, is gathered at the top of the side gores, and lengthened by a plaited flounce.
A guimpe is a blouse worn under a jumper or pinafore. It also can be a yoke insert on a low-cut dress.