The business of dressmaking.

Mrs. Katherine Hall Stickney

Mrs. Katherine Hall Stickney.

Kate Stickney (Mrs. Alpheus B.)

1886: “Then Saturday evening we are invited over to Mrs. Driscoll’s to dinner, and I am so anxious to go, but of course your father has to leave Friday evening to attend a meeting at Dubuque Saturday. I am having my new black silk made at Mrs. Worley’s, demi-train and pointed at the neck, and trimmed with lace, and I immediately flew down and told her I must have it by four o’clock Saturday afternoon, and now I can’t go. I am awfully disappointed, for it is to be quite a swell affair.”

This account is from: Letters from Alpheus B. and Kate H. Stickney to their five darling daughters and two tall sons, 1884-1916, p.22

The portrait was painted wearing the dress she described above.

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