Monday, January 2, 2012

Early Edwardian Summer Dress

From the seller:

Exquisite Antique Edwardian Era Embroidered Long White Garden Gown With Dense Embroidered Eyelet, Valenciennes Ruffles, and Fine Soutache Work

This garden gown dates to the Edwardian era and is fashioned of white cotton batiste with its bodice lavishly filled in with dense embroidered pinwheels and eyelet work with Valenciennes lace insertion around the neckline. Portions of the lace are further applied in lace ruffles with lace meeting eyelet having dense soutache cording running fully around. The sleeves are in puff form with lace ruffles throughout. A grosgrain belting is at the waistline with a skirting falling with two batiste and lace ruffled areas, the center front of each has a dimensional floral with applied floral lace running throughout, round swirls. Matching pinwheels of embroidery and eyelet trim the sides with a full bell ruffled sweep. The piece hooks closed up the rear, a purple sash encircles the waistline, the only attention this gown needs is some small spots of seam repair to lace ruffles, lace cuff, and to the purple sash which has half come free. Measures 32 inches around the bust, 20 inches around the waist, and 56 inches in its length.

From Me:

Hello new people! I post on a semi regular basis most of the time. :-)

This dress is very typical of the Belle Epoque/Turn of the Century. It would have been worn over a slip. Most likely purple in this case to match the belt.

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