W3885 TO MRS. REV. THOMAS BAKER from Sarah Alexander [Seamstress]
Jul 11 1873
|June 12 
To making (travelling) overskirt with deep flounce, scalloped pieces and reversed pleating all bound with silk,1
|Polonaise2, cape trimmed with pleating||$7.25|
|Body lining .53, sleeve lining .20, crinoline .30||1.03|
|Ribbon for cape .75, Dress shields .13||.88|
|Whalebone, sewing silk||.50|
To making black skirt with deep flounces and ruffles and leaves, Basque3 apron front, sash trimmed with leaves
|all bound with satin||9.25|
|Body lining .53, crinoline .45, braid .18||1.16|
|Sleeve lining .25, 3 1/8 yds. Satin 2.87||9.25|
|Sleeve facing .45, Ribbon .35, Buttons .35||1.15|
|Whalebone, sewing silk .65. Dress shields .13||.78|
To making one mauve silk skirt with fine finished out ruffles, puffings & puffs in front. Overskirt of
|Basque trimmed in pleating piped and turned back||6.75|
|Body lining .53, skirt lining .75||1.28|
|Sleeve lining .20, Crinoline .30, Braid .15||.65|
|4 yds silk 1.25. piped tarleton .75||6.08|
|Buttons .40, Dress shields .13||.53|
|Whalebone, sewing silk etc.||.65|
To making dove colour silk skirt with front and sides trimmed with ruffles & double face pleats.
|Basque trimmed with folds & turn back tucks||7.75|
|Body lining .65, Skirt lining 1.20||1.85|
|Sleeve lining .65, Sleeve facing 1.20||1.45|
|1 1/4 yds corded silk 2.25. Tassels .75||3.56|
|Ribbon .50, Buttons .28, Braid .18||.96|
|Crinoline .45, Net for same .17||.62|
|Dress shields .13, Whalebone, Sewing silk .65||.78|
To making one print skirt with four ruffles and two bands above.
|Polonaise and underbody||3.75|
|Body lining .25, Buttons .55, Braid .15||.95|
|Silk Whalebone Thread etc.||.45|
To making one Muslin skirt with nine ruffles in front deep flounce
|and ruffles in back, Basque and pannier4 trimmed with ruffles||4.50|
|Extra muslin .62, Ribbon for bows .45||1.07|
|Ribbon for binding .20, Thread .35||.55|
To making one blue silk skirt with 3 ruffles bound in five bands above stitched Empress train trimmed with braid
|turn back pieces, Collar and Cuffs||8.00|
|Body lining .53, Skirt lining .75||1.28|
|Sleeve lining .20, Crinoline .45, Braid .25||.90|
|Muslin 1.00. Sleeve facing .45||1.45|
|4 yds blue silk 2.00. Buttons .80||8.80|
|Ribbon .30, Buss. shields .13||.43|
|Whalebone, sewing silk etc.||.75|
To making white muslin skirt, overskirt with Basque
|trimmed with pleating.||4.25|
|Extra muslin for skirt and hem||.69|
|Buttons .30, braid thread etc.||.70|
Received Payment, Toronto July 11, 1873
[signed] Sarah Alexander
1 See wedding photograph, unfortunately blurred, which indicates the voluminous material in Mary's gown.
2 Polonaise, waist and drapery in one piece worn over a separate skirt (WNCD).
3 Basque, a fitted jacketlike waist (WNCD).
4 Pannier, an expanded framework for overskirt, puffed full at the sides (WNCD).
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