I have tended, so far, to post extraordinary garments when doing my One Shot posts. And that will doubtless continue. But there are things to be gleaned from more humble pieces as well.
The anonymous dressmaker was clearly a person of good skills, and a fine critical design eye. The balance, and use of the two textiles, a royal blue taffeta, and a teal dotted faille, is handled expertly. There are no places where the two fabrics interact that seems awkward. And the overall design is one that inspires a sense of place, purpose and propriety. This is a dress for a woman, who makes an effort to fit into the greater scheme, and is content with her status. Nothing about this in design or execution implies a desire to be higher in status, or more worldly in affect.