This is a girl’s cotton Liberty bodice made in Australia between 1900 and 1920. From the age of ten girls wore corded or bonded bodices, until, in 1908 the aptly named ‘Liberty bodice’ was introduced. This soft knitted garment replaced the old restricting staybands and bodices.
Girls liberty bodice in white cotton twill drill. Straight bodice reaching to waist with added shoulder straps. Centre front opening strengthened on one side with [whalebone] insert. Fastened by 5 cream coloured, two holed buttons. Centre back opening with [whalebone] insert on each side and 11 metal eyelet holes each side. One button on each side seam for attachment to drawers or petticoat.