From the later Edwardian era, a home sewn voile print doll blouse, featuring standup collar and tuck work. Suitable for a farmhouse primitive look. Dates about 1915.
I think one of the marvels of this little gem is the creativity of making the fabric “stretch”. Not really a stretch as we think, but seaming pieces of limited fabric together to require the amount needed to complete the project. One has to marvel at the ingenuity of the fabrication.
I can remember my own grandmother employing this very technique. I feel, in this case, it also provide a distinct shape to the blouse. Often times as you find, too, the bottom of the blouse (they were called waist then) were left with a raw edge. I guess when they were tucked in and the raw edge would never show. So why finish?