At the beginning of the 20th century, the shirtwaist and skirt were the working clothes of many women working in the business offices of cities and towns. The skirt was to fit tight at the top and falls in graceful folds at the foot. This was achieved either by gores or by an additional flounce.

McCall’s Pattern Company had been in business about 40 years, had many different skirt styles in their books. Everything from a 2-piece skirt to a 9-gored flared skirt. From the 1890s skirts were tight to the hips and flared below the line. Gloves. Hat.

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