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    comprehension

    Hello,

    I cannot imagine what this dress looks like. It is a bit confusing. Could you help me?

    "a nightdress of fine muslin trimmed in lace with narrow blue ribbons drawn through the neck and sleeves."

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: comprehension

    The main body of the nightdress is made of fine muslin. There is lace around the bottom of the nightdress, the bottoms of the sleeves, and the neckline. In addition, strands of blue ribbon have been stitched into the fabric around the neckline and the bottoms of the sleeves.

    Does that help?

    I don't know if you'll be able to see this image but it's a nightdress made of a fine material like muslin, with lace on the sleeves, the neck and the bottom hem.

    And this nightdress has pink ribbons drawn around the neckline. I couldn't find one with blue ribbon.

    So it's a combination of those two pictures!
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    Re: comprehension

    Note that a nightdress and a dress are different garments. Nightdresses, usually called "nightgowns" in American English, are generally light and thin garments worn while sleeping. Dresses are worn in the daytime. Nightdresses don't always provide the level of modesty usually considered suitable for wear in public.
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    #4

    Re: comprehension

    Do you shorten it to nightie in AmE?

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    #5

    Re: comprehension

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Do you shorten it to nightie in AmE?
    Yes. Or, if it's really short, to T-shirt.
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    #6

    Re: comprehension

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Yes. Or, if it's really short, to T-shirt.
    And a pole.

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