Is a simple little dress of white taffeta and a purple plaid fine lawn fabric, trimmed in a dainty little white cotton lace. All France's clothes are closed with tiny little snaps, and hook and eyes. They can all be removed, to allow for changes of the wear's gowns, and in a fashion ladies day that is often.
Francis's' style of gowns are from the 1870s. This gown is a 'Home dress'. Worn when one was 'at home' and wanted to be comfortable.