Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Edwardian Gray Dress

From the seller:

This stylish dress is made of light, crisp silk taffeta with very narrow blue and black vertical stripes and amply trimmed around all the edges of the bodice, double sleeves and ends of the side panels of the skirt with gossamer fine black silk lace.The bodice and sleeves are lined with white cotton net to help keep cool in warm weather, but a sturdy, satin-finish cotton band was placed inside at the waist for stability. The skirt is unlined with a self fabric hem.
The fashionable stand up collar is supported by three collar stays. The center front bodice panel has two rows of black lace below the lace covered collar with three deep horizontal tucks in the silk fabric below that. The net lining fastens up the center front with hooks and eyes and the bodice itself fastens at the left side of the collar with two hooks and eye then the left side of the front panel fastens to the lining with hooks and eyes plus one snap attaches it to the dress fabric half way down.
The front of the bodice is lightly gathered at the shoulders and has two pleats at either side at the waist, giving fashionable fullness to the entire front of the bodice.
The lightly gathered/pleated skirt fastens under the left hanging panel with a series of hooks and eyes then a separate section of the waistband fastens over the top to the other end of the waistband also on the left side.
Condition: Some storage soiling, scattered minor damage to the lace trim and a frayed spot along the hem.
Measurements: Across the back shoulders: 16 inches (40.5 cm), Bust: free, Waist: 29 1/2 inches (75 cm), Skirt length, 44 inches (111.5 cm), Skirt circumference: 93 inches (216 cm)

From Me:

This looks so neat!  There are several older styles employed in this gown that makes me think it was redesigned multiple times.  The skirt shape is more 1890's, the sleeves are almost 1850's/60's in look, the way the lace is employed on the skirt is bustle era looking but the overall look of the dress is very Edwardian.   The way the bodice is and the use of the closure is Edwardian.  A pretty cool looking gown!

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