1. Bertha E. Butts Dress

Title
1. Bertha E. Butts Dress
Subject

This item is a dress sewn in 1904 by domestic science student Bertha E. Butts (1882-1963) while enrolled in a dressmaking class. The dress is full length, with quarter sleeves, lace detailing, and buttons. When the dress was given to the RIT Archives, it was accompanied with a label written by the donor, Mary Helen Joint, Bertha’s niece. The note states that the dress was sewn for graduation, but it is unknown if it was celebratory or a graduation requirement. Nonetheless, the beautifully sewn dress demonstrates Bertha’s skill at her craft, a skill which led her into seamstress work in Sodus after graduation.

Creator
Bertha E. Butts
Source
Bertha E. Butts Sewing Scrapbook and Dress Collection
Date
1904
Rights
RIT Archive Collections
Format
The dress is white cotton, with lace cuffs, waist, and bodice detailing.
Collection
Bertha E. Butts Sewing Scrapbook and Dress Collection
Citation

Bertha E. Butts collection, RIT Archive Collections, collection ID – RITArc.0203