White on white embroidered cotton nightgown with center front opening with buttons and buttonholes down the entire length. The pattern repeats about twenty-five times in the 51 inches between the neckline and the bottom hem, illustrating the advantage of using a block to stamp the design. The block used to print the primary pattern measures 2 5/8 by 1 3/8 inches. A matching row of embroidery curves along the edge of each front piece. The stamping and stitching were done before the gown was assembled. The stitches are eyelet, satin, and buttonhole. The eyelet stitches require first a hole to be made in the fabric and then satin stitches completely covering the edge of the opening. The blocks and nightgown were owned by Phebe Smith Norris (1804-1890), the donors’ great-grandmother.

Maker: Norris, Phebe Smith

Location: Currently not on view

Made At: United States

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Credit Line: Gift of Miss Edna Plummer

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T10865Catalog Number: T10865.000Accession Number: 186730

Object Name: embroidery

Measurements: overall: 50 in; 127 cm


Record Id: nmah_637536

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