Baby's embroidered silk bib
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.

Unique ID: H2857
Creator: Unknown Potogapher
Date: Late 19th Century
Copyright: Out of Copyright