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Dress worn by Elizabeth Cabrera (nee Shelley)

Two piece dress comprising long sleeved bodice and separate floor length skirt. Both pieces are made from pale salmon pink silk / wool fabric with green and cream coloured flecks.

Boned long sleeved bodice with high collar fastening at centre front with eighteen metal hooks and thread eyes. Sleeves are leg-of-mutton style with stiffened, turned up cuffs. Self jabot or cravat down centre front devided into two with a machine made lace ruff attached to wearers right side at neck. Shoulders are decorated with large machine made lace frills and the edges of the collar, cuffs, revers and the hem of bodice are all decorated with a metal sequin and glass bead trim. Centre back hem is trimmed with a bow, and centre front hem is decorated with a band with fabric rosettes fastening with a hook and eye closure. Fully lined in cream cotton with stripes of brown branch-like pattern. Sweat pads attached to inside of both underarms, with two hooks at inside centre back hem to attach to eyes on skirt.

Gored floor length skirt of three panels with bustle at centre back. Skirt fastens at centre back opening and waistband with two metal hooks and eyes. Internal pocket at wearers back right forms part of bustle. Centre front of skirt indicated by four dark coloured crosses in thread on outside of waistband. Skirt lined in beige coloured cotton with brown velvet band along inside of hem. Three metal eyes at centre back waist to attach to hooks on bodice.

Spare piece of irregularly shaped fabric, the same as the two-piece dress.
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