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Peachtree Mercantile Day Dress c. 1860

  • FL206
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Product Description

This sewing pattern was drafted from an original dress in the collection of the Atlanta History Center.

This day dress from the Archibald Smith family in Roswell, Georgia is believed to have been made and worn by the lady of the house, Anne Margaret Magill Smith (1807-1887).

Anne Margaret Magill Smith was, by all accounts, an educated lady and a devoted mother. In war-time letters to her sons William, serving with the Confederate Signal Corps, and Archibald, serving with the Georgia Battalion of Cadets, she asks after their health and needs, offers advice, and sends clothing, shoes, honey, and even chickens, along with news from home. With the approach of Sherman's army in July 1864 the family fled Roswell to the south Georgia town of Valdosta.

The original dress of printed cotton was recently featured on the cover of Historic Fashions Calendar 2001, "During the War Times: 1775-1945". It is part of The Archibald Smith Family Legacy, given by James L. Skinner, Jr. to the Atlanta History Center where it is periodically on exhibition.

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  1. Great 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Aug 2022

    This arrived in a timely manner. It seems to be a great quality pattern and the instructions are well written.

  2. Best Civil War Pattern Ever!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Sep 2017

    I cannot tell you how much I love this pattern! The dress itself breaths so easily, and it was so easy to put together, with a complete book with picture references and instructions! Way worth the money! I will end up making the dress 5 times at least!!