Baby's embroidered silk bib.
Part of the Greenwich Borough Museum collection.
Girls learnt needlework and knitting in schools. For older girls this
included making patterns from squared paper and cutting out a range of
basic garments for themselves and their younger brothers and sisters.
Pinafores, shirts, combinations, and knickerbockers all found their way
into the school syllabus. Girls were also taught the vital skills of patching
and darning. By moving from the country, and living in Greenwich with
her aunt and cousins, Edith could learn tailoring and dressmaking at evening
classes. Making lace was a rarer skill, and Edith may have learnt this
from her mother.