Lawn Dress Finished

16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Wednesday, July 12, 1911:  Mother finished my dress today. Now I will have at least one suitable gown for this season. My wardrobe is rather limited, no silks or satins or velvets.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Grandma sounds really pleased that the dress is finally finished. It must have turned out well.

It took Grandma’s mother two and one-half weeks to make the dress. On Saturday, June 24 Grandma had written:

Mother cut my lawn dress out this afternoon. Am going to see how long it takes her to finish it. I give her till next Sat.

Grandma hoped that her mother would finish making the dress in one week, but on Saturday, July 1 she wrote:

 . . . Mother hasn’t finished my dress yet. I really need it.

I wasn’t sure what lawn cloth was, so I googled it. Lawn is a light fabric made with a very fine weave. A hundred years ago lawn cloth was generally made using linen; today it is often cotton.

Grandma wearing a dress made out of lawn cloth. I think this photo is her high school graduation photo and that it was taken in 1913, so it probably isn't the dress mentioned in this diary entry.

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