Friday, August 24, 2012

Late Teens Day Dress

From the seller:

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Label: Realart Dress Created by A. E. Lefcourt & Co. New York

Featured in this auction is a beautiful black wool gabardine dress from the late-1910s...It gives the appearance of a sleeveless overdress over a dress with short sleeves and slim skirt, but is all sewn together...It is embellished with black embroidery and orange seed beads around the neck, sleeves and overskirt...A silk underblouse has a band at the waist......It has hooks and eyes and snaps for closures down the center from of the underblouse, left shoulder and left side...There is a tear and a few tiny holes on the left side of the under skirt (see photo) and overskirt in the same area that can be mended...The silk underblouse is stained and is shattered in places...Otherwise, it is in very good and wearable condition...Additional closeup photos are in the gallery at the top of the listing.

Take a look at an ad from 1922 in the American Cloak and Suit Review for Realart Dresses by A.E. Lefcourt...Their wholesale prices were $22.50 to $95, quite expensive then, $600 to $2400 retail in today's dollar...I wonder what the retail price was for this dress, only a first class Titanic passenger could afford it!

It doesn't have a size label, but fits a size small...These measurements are taken flat with a flexible measuring tape...You have to be smaller than the measurements to allow room for ease:
Shoulder to shoulder: 15 inches
Sleeve length: 12 inches
Bust: 36 inches
Waist: 34 inches
Hip: 46 inches
Length center back: 42 inches

From Me:

This is probably from about 1918/1919. It's a post WWI dress but before the 1920's. I really love the closure on this one.

Early Teens Era Summer Dress

From the seller:

Label: none

Featured in this auction is a beautiful cotton tea dress from the 1910s...It has mother of pearl buttons down the center back, elbow length sleeves and many kinds of embellishments in the fabric including cutwork, eyelet, embroidery, crochet, lace and pleating...Additional closeup photos are in the gallery at the top of the listing...It has yellowed perspiration stains and is lightly soiled around the neckline...A good soaking in Oxi-Clean or similar would probably take care of these and brighten it up...Otherwise, it is in very good and wearable condition.

It doesn't have a size label, but fits a size small to medium...These measurements are taken flat with a flexible measuring tape...You have to be smaller than the measurements to allow room for ease:
Shoulder to shoulder: 19 inches
Sleeve length: 16 inches
Bust: 40 inches
Waist: 28 inches
Hip: 54 inches
Length from waist: 37 inches
This is one of several vintage clothing items I have on separate auctions...Please click on the My Auction Gallery button below to see the others...I will gladly combine to save on shipping charges.

From Me:

What the seller said. :-)

Photo of Gown being worn by Original owner!

From the seller:

This dress goes beyond beautiful. Listed in a picture with the original owner wearing the dress. Turn of the century ivory silk and lace tea gown. Beautiful real pearl and glass bead embellishment on the draped hem. This piece is a bespoke piece with the foundation made into the piece negating the need for the tightly fitted undergarments required for these pieces. The waist measures 21" and bust is 26" so I am not selling this as a wearable piece but rather an occassional display piece or to add to your collection of antique gowns. My mannequin is not small enough for the dress so I did not get a good pictuer of the back of the dress. Because of the delicate condition I did not want to strain the material so have it pinned to give an idea of how the back looks. Don't let this one get away. These pieces are getting hard to find and other than wear that should be associated with a garment of this age, there are no stains, tears, holes, rips or other damage we could find.

From Me:

I love the pearl detail!

Slightly Odd Edwaridan Blouse

From the seller:

Fresh from a Palo Alto Estate - House built in 1902

Cream Sheer lace and silk with embroidery
- Silk fabric with sheer fabric over
- Heavy embroidery on chest collar
- Ruched waist -
- Bra style clasp at back
- Neck Collar has metal zig zaged to keep it up
- Sleeves has 2 Tiers of lace trim at the ends
- Ornate crochet design woven with light green under the sheer fabric with 3 small green and sheer rosettes

There is staining under the arms with rips
Front bottom sheer fabric has come undone from silk ruched waist

16.75" across bust
16.5" length

From Me:

I wanted to include this one for the sleeves. Look at that lace! Yes, the blouse itself is rather plain but the sleeves are pretty darn cute!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Another Cute Early Edwardian Morning Coat

From the seller:

Not really much can be added , the pictures say it all.

This is a spectacular rich ,opulent edwardian wool coat with

an unbelievable amount of lace appliques.

The coat has a A-line cut, huge full cut bishops sleeves

and a large collar.

The collar is covered in wonderful lace and is edged in

very, very fine pleated chiffon.

The coat is lined in rich creamy silk satin, edged with

silver braided trim, both front edge and cuffs.

On inside front lining there is more lace and this

lace has been filled with pink tiny cotton tuffs

giving it a three dimensional look.

This auction is for the COAT only.

This is a true piece of fashion history,Should really be in a fashion

Label/Designer : None it looks like there used to be a label
Size: S-M ... See measurements
Bust : 44"
Waist: Open"
Hips : Open"
Length: 43"
Sleeves : 23"

Arm pit opening : 8"
Material : Wool

Lined ; Yes with rich satin material
Colors : Ivory
Condition : Good to Great,incredible condition for its age

a few tiny,bites holes and the coat has several smudges

It needs cleaning by a specialist.

Inside sleeve lining needs to be replaced. One split

on the lining by the seam in the back

All the lace is in excellent condition.

From Me:

The major difference between this one and the one I posted a few minutes prior? About $2,500. Yes, this one is in much better condition and OMG look at that lace on the inside but that's really about it. Same time period, same styling.

Cute Early Edwardian Morning Coat

From the seller:

Vintage Edwardian wool coat with lace trim and cutouts at bottom of coat. Green velvet trim. Fully lined in silk, edged in embroidered flowers. The coat has stains on inside back of lining and moth holes at back (see photo) and various tiny moth holes on wool. Sleeves gather into cuffs. 38" chest, 46" from back neck to bottom hem.

From Me:

Imagine wearing this while brushing out your hair in the winter, ladies!

Turn of the Century Summer Striped Bodice

From the seller:

A romantic 1890’s pale orange and beige stripe cotton and silk blend bodice. The bodice has a high neck lace insert that is outlined with tangerine silk. The leg of mutton style sleeves are trimmed with two wide lace flounces. The lace has a tulip pattern. The lace is attached to an ivory chiffon base. The front of the bodice is trimmed with lace inserts and silk covered decorative buttons. The bodice is lined with silk and has a back hook and eye closure. The bodice is in good condition. There is a hole in the lining that shows through the neck lace insert but no hole in the lace itself. There is a nickel size spot on the front of the bodice and a couple on the lace flounces. There is one missing decorative button and one that is missing some of the silk covering. Bust 34 Waist 24.

From Me:

Although the seller thinks it's 1890's, I'm thinking very early 1900's for this. The way it's cut looks like a pigeon front with some of the sailor styling influence that was popular in the 1900's.

Belle Epoch 1890's Evening Bodice

From the seller:

A magnificent 1890’s Belle Epoch floral print satin brocade and midnight blue velvet evening bodice. The label reads M.A. Driscoll, Boston. The satin fabric has a large floral pattern done in shades of deep pink and blue. The flowers are surrounded by gold vines. There is no fading of the colors as appears just the flash from the camera. The large leg of mutton style sleeves are partly made of velvet and satin brocade. The neckline, front opening and sleeve cuffs are trimmed with exquisite gold metallic lace. The lace is also accented with gold sequins. The gold lace is laid over an ivory lace. The bodice is lined with ivory satin and has a front hook and eye closure. The bodice is in very good condition. There are no splits or holes in the satin or velvet fabrics. The lining inside the sleeves is splitting. It can honestly be said that the photos do not do this beautiful bodice justice. Bust 36 Waist 32

From me:

This seller deletes his photos typically pretty quickly so I'm glad I caught this one and the next one. I *adore* the colors of this bodice and which the skirt survived as well, but alas, it didn't.