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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Inkling Explorations // August 2016

I am doing my second Inkling Explorations!

This month's selection is: A description of a lady's dress in literature

I am doing a passage from the book, Little Town on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder:

(SPOILER! If you have not read Little Town on the Prairie, do not read this! It will give things away!)

      "They all stood back to back to admire. The gored skirt of brown cashmere was smooth and rather tight in the front, but gathered full around the sides and back, so that it would ample for hoops. In front it touched the floor evenly, in back it swept with a graceful short train that swished when Mary turned. All around the bottom was a pleated flounce.

      The overskirt was of the brown-and-blue plaid. It was shirred in the front, it was draped up at the sides to show more of the skirt underneath, and at the back it fell in rich, full puffs, caught up above the flounced train.
      Above all this, Mary's waist rose slim in the tight, smooth bodice. The neat little buttons ran up to the soft white lace cascading under Mary's chin. The brown cashmere was smooth as paint over her slopping shoulders and down to her elbows; then the sleeves widened. A shirring of the plaid curved around them, and the wide wrists fell open,showing a lining of white lace ruffles that set off Mary's slender hands."

Once again, thank you Heidi! Go check her blog out HERE!
Thanks for reading!



  1. Such a perfect selection! And I'm so happy you included the picture -- it's one of my favorites from the series. :) (Funny story, I was actually JUST thinking about this description the other day but not at all in connection with the link-up... silly me. ;P I'm so glad you posted it!)

    1. Thank you! It took me a while to get the picture right (so you can see what it is), but it was worth it!

  2. YEEEEESSSSSS!!! I literally have sat for hours drooling over this description when I was younger!! It is amazing!

  3. That is one of my favorite parts of the Little House series. The dress is so astonishing, especially in the harsh circumstances of pioneer life. I love that you included the illustration.

    1. Yes, and most of the chapter before is how they made it, and wow! I couln't make it!

  4. This selection is perfect. How wonderful. :)

  5. A very good choice!
    I always loved how this dress is so minutely described you can almost see it in front of you.


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