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1850 Waistcoat at the McCord Museum, Montreal - From the curators' comments: "During the 19th century, women of all social classes devoted countless hours at home to making men's clothing. The production of utilitarian items such as shirts was considered both a duty and a necessity. In middle-class homes, sewing highly decorative articles was as much a demonstration of virtuoso needlework skill as an expression of compliance with dominant social expectations of women."