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Wedding dress worn by Agnes Thompson, Bathurst, New South Wales, 1833

Made 1833
The wedding dress is made from cream silk organdie with a low rounded neck, pronounced leg of mutton sleeves and high waist. The seams have been hand stitched using backstitch. The top of the sleeve is gathered into pencil pleats and this detail is picked out in a silk ribbon trim. A broad cream silk ribbon has been stitched around the neck and the skirt is trimmed with three bands of cream silk ribbon. The edges of the cuffs are piped. The dress opens down the centre back and has no evidence of closing devices. The bodice and skirt are gathered into a plain cotton band that runs around the high waist. Three petticoats have been added later and all are machine sewn.
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