This exhibition traced the changing styles of children’s clothing from the 19th century through to the present, as well as the teaching and learning of embroidery and the sewing skills necessary for future life. A hand-made doll, ‘Rose de Peace’, also featured in the exhibition. The exhibits were mainly from South Australia but also from countries around the world.
The learning of needlework and sewing skills through embroidery samplers and plain sewing samplers, sewing cards and clothing such as aprons, dresses and bonnets made at home or at school under instruction taught children, generally girls through this time period, the skills to make clothing and items for the home or for future employment as embroiderers and/or dressmakers. Dressmakers looking for future employees, would on occasion approach the prize winners in the sewing and needlework sections of the Royal Adelaide Show and no doubt, the Country Shows as well.