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An 111-fitting Dress.


At the Resident Magistrate's Court at Chriatchurch on Thursday, before Mr Beetham, R.M., and Mr Westenra, J.P., Maggie Ponsonby sued Mrs Smith, a dressmaker, for L 3 4s 4d. The plaintiff stated that having bought some material she gave it to the defendant to make up into a dress. When the dress was supposed to ba finished plaintiff attended Mrs Smith, and it was tried on, but it did not fit. Mrs Smith said she would make it fit and send it home. She asked for payment, and Miss Ponsonby paid her a guinea. The dress was delivered, but the plaintiff found it was worse than before. It would not meet, there being a gap in the region about the chest of fully two inches. It met about the waist, but could not be drawn together at the neck, though the collar was pieced in two places, which, the plaintiff averred, " with seven yards double width for a perfectly plain dress was quite ridiculous." In answer to Mr Russell, plaintiff said that at the " fitting on" she had not buttoned up the dress. Mrs Smith tried to do so, but could not manage it. When Miss Ponsonby found that the fit was still a failure Bhc returned the dress, and called on Mrs Smith, who, however, on two or three occasions was out of the way. At last Mrs Smith opened the door to Misß Ponsonby and a friend, who, despite the efforts of Mrs Smith to close the door, pushed their way into a room where the dress was hanging. Mrs Smith declined to do anything further to it, or even to examine it, but Miss Ponsonby insisted on putting it on and showing its defects. Defendant, however, would not do anything about it, and plaintiff brought it away. She now sought to recover the cost of material and the price paid for making. She called Madame Luisetti, a dressmaker, who stated that the dress, or at any rate that part of it which is called the bodice, was irretrievably spoiled. Misa Blanche Gay deposed as to what took place at the last interview between the parties. The defendant alleged that the dress fitted quite well, and plaintiff was so comfortable in it that she had no difficulty in buttoning it herself. The alterations made were trivial, suggested by plaintiff. Sho (defendant) had no doubt about the fit. Mr Beetham said this appeared to be a deadlock. How was the Court to judge of the dress as a fit unless they had an opportunity of inspecting it when worn ? He suggested that the ladies concerned should retire to his retiring room, where Miss Ponsonby could attire herself for inspection. At this suggestion a titter ran through the Court. Mr Beetham said gentlemen might 1 mgh, but that was the only way to decide this matter, and Miss Ponsonby accepted it with perfect composure, and accordingly Bhe, Miss Gay, an elderly lady, and Mrs Smith retired. Constable Culltu mounted gnard over the door, and after a really very brief space of time—considering—announced that the gentlemen might enter. Mr Beetham, Mr Westenra, and the counsel engaged were then allowed to view the dress, and on their return Mr Beetham announced that the Court were of opinion that the dress did not fit—it was all wrong—Mrs Smith, in short, had made a mess of it. Mrs Smith had hinted that Miss Ponsonby had been stuffed, or padded, for the occasion, but that could hardly be so, as she could not have had any idea beforehand of the teat Bhe had been put to. Anyhow the Court had not made any examination on that point, and now gave judgment for plaintiff for the amount claimed, tho dress to be given up to tho dressmaker.—' Pross.'

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An III-fitting Dress., Issue 8037, 14 October 1889

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An III-fitting Dress. Issue 8037, 14 October 1889

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