Dale Lyles says:

"I made Cindie's gown straight from a design in Godey's Ladies' Book from the period, and I remember Kesler gave me a hellatious time about the lace. In the original design, it was white, and Kesler had a philosophical opposition to the contrast between the red and the white. He made me dye the lace with tea to take it down a notch. I always thought it looked too 1970's that way, and still do. Then one day, he brought in the gown they were making for his daughter Betsy to wear as Mrs. Tom Thumb. It was red, and he opined they would trim it in white lace, just to tweak me."

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