Dress goods

Dress´ goods´

1.A term applied to fabrics for the gowns of women and girls; - most commonly to fabrics of mixed materials, but also applicable to silks, printed linens, and calicoes.
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She gave the store clerk the list to fill and proceeded to look over some new dress goods that had just arrived.
He gave up a budding career in the dress goods business in Chicago where he had been employed in the famous Marshall, Field & Company department store, Upon moving west, Ben's first job was as an advertising agent for a New Mexico company, and he then served as representative for a Chicago store.
78) The "temptations" of a wide variety of fabrics and dress goods that could not be obtained in frontier Minnesota frustrated Katherine, but to "be thought mean" or miserly hurt her even more.