Rachel has been begging her mother for a new ballgown for years, and this was the gown she received for Christmas last year. It is a beautiful Spring ballgown, covered in flowers and embroidery. The special thing about it is that it is Rachel's first ballgown that requires wing hoops because the skirt is so large.
The stomacher is reinforced with cardboard to hold Rachel up in a good posture when she is sitting around at the ball. It is lined with alternating peach and white flowers.
The large skirt is covered in peach organza, which is gathered every once in a while and sewn on peach roses.
A closeup of the roses.
The front of the skirt is the real feature of the ballgown. It includes rows of ruffled fabric, lace, flowers and embroidery.
Rachel Merriman loves dresses. The problem is, she doesn't have enough of them! Since she is too young to sew much more than samplers and corn bags for the general store, Rachel has to wait for Mrs. Merriman or her older sisters to sew her new clothes. Every time one of her friends gets a new dress, she is very jealous. But when she is good, Mrs. Merriman knows exactly what will make her happy: a new dinner dress and a trip to the Hair Salon.