The shirt waist and navy skirt was appropriate for the "working girls" who staffed the business offices of the late 19th century. The bodice has a semi-full sleeve with wide cuffs. The front closes with hooks and eyes and there is a cameo at the neckline. Every woman had several pins to be used at the neck of her gowns. Paper cuffs would protect the sleeves while working and could be thrown out. A serviceable dark wool was chosen to make the popular slim skirt with the fullness in the back which flows out as she walks.
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