|Description: An Edwardian lace dress with flower embroidery. The lace is of a very fine mesh, almost tulle-like. The bodice has a sailor style collar with entire dress inset 1.5 cm from edge. The bodice front opening placket, the inset 3/4 sleeves, and the sleeve ruffles have matching entre deux insets. Bodice has embroidered floral motif that consists of two daises, two leaves and one bud on one stem; found at lower front on each side. While the side and sleeve seams are narrow and unfinished. Sleeve ruffle edge is picot stitched. Bodice is stitched onto the inside of the wide 5 cm small grosgrain waist while the waist fasteners are two sets of hooks and bars. The skirt is gathered, stitched onto the outside of the waist at the back and sides, and has an unfinished edge. The skirt opening fasteners is a steel dome snap. The skirt front has five embodied floral motifs. The largest is at the entire just above the hem ruffle and consists of two daises, one bud and five leaves on three stems. At each side of the large motif and slightly higher are a single daisy and five leaves on one stem. Above there are a pair of single daises plus a leaf on a short stem. The skirt is finished with a deep, 20 cm ruffle, with entire deux at the seam. The lower edge is picot stitched. The skirt is shorted by a 6 cm tuck tacked on the inside. There is a second layer of skirt at the bottom only. It is stitched on the main skirt at the ruffle seam. The under shirt has a deep 14 cm folded hem, the top is stitched with entre deux. The waist stash is missing. |
The dress belonged to the donor's mother; Avnell Scarff Sproule and may have been her confirmation dress.
Alison Dicks parents were John Sproule and Avnell Scarff Sproule. Her parents lived on the ‘Honey Farm’ that was located across the street from the Pinchin property. The 1950s style bungalow is located at 4390 Mississauga Road.
Alison’s father John provided honey for the Streetsville Bread and Honey Festival. Mr. Sproule was also a groundskeeper of Glenerin, now known as the Glenerin Inn. In 1932 Mr. Sproule took over as Estate Manager after the owner of the house, William Waston Evans passed away. Alison grew up around the area of Glenerin and it is documented that her family lived in the Gate house. Mr. Sproule also helped out with the grounds of the ‘pioneer cemetery’ located at Mississauga Road and Dundas Street and was involved with the upkeep of Erindale Community Hall.