Accession Number: TR.514.2
Label 1: Woman’s Dress, 1954, USA, Claire McCardell, Gift of Sophia Snyder
Label 2: Claire McCardell Clothes by Townley, fabric by Stafford
Note: This project is not considered complete until every scrap of deaccessioned fabric has found a use. Often this means that a single deaccessioned garment may yied raw materials for multiple new items. In this instance, the garment has previously yielded three witches hats.
This is a sleeveless, black silk, bias cut dress. It is high-necked in the front with a gathered fabric detail at each shoulder. The skirt is partially lined and flares out from the waist. The garment closes with a zipper under the left arm. During previous deconstruction, the skirt portion of the dress was removed.
In this instance, the blouse portion of the dress was taken apart. All seams were removed.
A paper pattern, approximately one yard square was drafted. The pieces of the blouse portion of the dress were placed on the pattern, as were the remaining scraps of fabric from the skirt portion of the dress. Once the pieces were arranged so that the pattern was completely covered, they were pinned in place and hand-sewn together using a blanket stitch. The edges were hand rolled and secured with a whip stitch. The bindle, or hobo-bag, as it is sometimes known, was then laid flat. Various essential items were placed onto it. The alternate corners of the bindle were tied together, and the bindle was then tied to a bindlestick made from a pomegranate branch.
The accession number has been embroidered on the outside of the bindle.