This sewing pattern was drafted from an original dress in the collection of the Atlanta History Center.
This day dress from the Archibald Smith family in Roswell, Georgia is believed to have been made and worn by the lady of the house, Anne Margaret Magill Smith (1807-1887).
Anne Margaret Magill Smith was, by all accounts, an educated lady and a devoted mother. In war-time letters to her sons William, serving with the Confederate Signal Corps, and Archibald, serving with the Georgia Battalion of Cadets, she asks after their health and needs, offers advice, and sends clothing, shoes, honey, and even chickens, along with news from home. With the approach of Sherman's army in July 1864 the family fled Roswell to the south Georgia town of Valdosta.
The original dress of printed cotton was recently featured on the cover of Historic Fashions Calendar 2001, "During the War Times: 1775-1945". It is part of The Archibald Smith Family Legacy, given by James L. Skinner, Jr. to the Atlanta History Center where it is periodically on exhibition.
The pattern is available in two size ranges; pattern 206-1860.8-18 contains pattern lines for sizes 8 through 18, and pattern 206-1860.18R-28R contains pattern lines for sizes 18R through 28R.