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Slip for Christening Gown
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Title: Slip for Christening Gown
Identifier: 985.13.1b
Donor: Mrs. Doris Leavers
Item Date: 1900-1915
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A white, long, sleeveless slip made of cotton. It has armholes and a yoke neck with a 7.5 cm ruffle at the hem, which is finished in fine machine lace. The neck and bodice can be closed by a drawstring. There are the initials 'E.C.' on the tag sewn on the bodice closing.

The slip was worn by the donor when she was approximately three months old. She emigrated to Canada from England in 1914.

Up until the 17th century young babies were wrapped in tight swaddling clothes carried to the front in a bearing cloth for Christening. This was a large square of lavishly trimmed silk. It evolved to a front opening robe fastened with ribbon ties showing a petticoat beneath, in the mid- 18th century. The first Christening robes were made in the style worn every day by 18th century children. Both boy and girl children wore slip dresses, with a very long flowing skirt falling from a short, tucked bodice, low neck and short sleeves. This fashion has remained popular for Christening ever since. _
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