Friday, March 30, 2012

Black Edwardian Sheer Skirt

From the seller:

Antique Victorian, early Edwardian sweepy full long skirt with tuck pleats, needlework crescents and soutache detail. The skirt closes in the back with hook and eyes

VINTAGE ~~ Victorian early Edwardian

LABEL ~ ~ The Queen Skirt

FABRIC ~ ~~ ~ mesh fabric, maybe linen

MEASUREMENTS ~ 39 1/2" length in front, 42 1/2" length in back, 24" waist, 120" hemsweep

CONDITION ~ ~~ You can see in the photos that the skirt needs to be mended in several places. The fabric is still very sound and the skirt so worth taking the time to mend.

From Me:

I realized I had exactly 666 posts here on blogger and that CANNOT stand. So, here is post 667. Enjoy!

1890's Black Bodice

From the seller:

Amazing--- very minor/minimal bead loss if any---museum quality--boned- hook and eye closure--- 32 bust 26 waist-- some tears in the lining---

From Me:

This looks so cute! I adore the bow on the back. Very typical of the 1890's.

Wonderful Late Teens Era Dinner Gown

From the seller:

Romantic teens dress from the Edwardian Era. Ivory-colored silk satin has over-layer of silk chiffon that is trimmed with pearls. Beaded detailing on center front bodice. Sleeveless. Chiffon forms cowl neckline in back. Side snap closure. Unlined.

CONDITION: Due to the delicate nature of this dress, it has not been cleaned. Additional photographs available upon request.
MATERIAL: Silk Satin, Silk Chiffon, Beads, Faux Pearls.
COLOR: Ivory
MEASUREMENTS: Please compare the measurements listed below to a garment that fits you well. These measurements were taken with the garment lying flat, and when appropriate, doubled to calculate the circumference.

Bust: 34-36"
Waist: 32-34"
Hips: 42"
Shoulder Seam to Hem: 48"
Skirt Length: 28"

From Me:

Okay, this just looks to me like it should have been in Lavinia's closet. Anyone else?

Why can't I wear something like this for Easter?

From the seller:

This is a truly lovely antique Victorian silk gown with a soft floral design silk in an antique white color, the way the pattern is rendered is evocative of ikat weavings. With lovely lace, silk embroidered trim and green silk velvet details, silk ribbon trim and glass beading. This is cotton lined. This has several condition issues, several places where the silk has shatters/ tears, particularly at the shoulders, some tears in the lace, very light staining at the underarms. This has many areas with light water staining, many little brown spots like foxing. I think that long ago, someone replaced most of the hook and eye closures with newer ones. Bust 32", waist 22", hips 32", length 48.5". An ideal candidate for a institutional or personal collection, but not for wear.

From Me:

Clearly, not a Victorian. However this is a lovely Teens era dress. I totally want to wear this to Easter except I already have my Easter dress planned out. Fabric, pattern, and thread. Heck, I even bought the trim! I just have two sewing projects that need to be finished first. Ignore that whole "Uh, Easter is in 10 days or so?" thing.

1860's Sweet Looking Bodice

From the seller:

A charming pink and white stripe 1860’s challis bodice that is being offered for study or pattern. The sleeves have wide flared cuffs that are decorated with pleated ruffles of the same fabric. It has a front button closure and is lined with cotton. The buttons are made of silk and covered with a layer of lace. The neck, armscyes and waist are piped. The bodice has scattered stress breaks in the challis fabric and there is some discoloration on a few of the buttons. Bust 34 Waist 26.

From Me:

It's pink! :-D Actually, I think it's the ruffles on the cuffs that did me in on this one.

Lovely Turn of the Century Summer Dress

From the seller:

A feminine 1890’s batiste cotton and lace two piece dress. The bodice has a high neck lace collar and wide Bertha style collar that extends over the top of the sleeves. The collar dips to the front and back. The sleeves have rows of padded cording and wide lace cuffs. The bodice is unlined and has a back hook and eye closure. The unlined skirt has rows of padded cording and three wide ruffle flounces at the edge of the hemline. Each of the flounces are trimmed with lace. The dress is in crisp and clean condition. There are a coupler of pencil tip size holes under the lace collar holes and no underarm discoloration. There is one small pea size spot near the back waist area. A very wearable dress. Bust 34 Waist 23 Skirt length 40.

From Me:

I was surprised when I read a 23" waist on this one. The way the seller has the dress shown, it looks...pudgy. I'm going with very early Edwardian (1902 ish) on this dress. I also apologize for my sporadic posting. My new job (Same company, same team really...kinda sorta, new responsibilities) is! Which I'm happy about but it also means less posting time at work. Plus, my hard drive at home died. I bought another but ...I need a converter. I bought one of those's coming in from China. Feel free to comment as always. I will try to respond. I promise. :-)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Cashmere Wool Edwardian Dress

From the seller:

An enchanting 1890’s ivory cashmere wool two piece dress. The bodice has a high neck lace insert. An ivory satin panel surrounds the neck insert. The bodice and sleeve cuffs are trimmed with open eave silk lace. The sleeves are made of silk. The bodice and sleeves are trimmed with decorative buttons. The bodice is lined with silk and has a back hook and eye closure. The front panel on the skirt matches the trim on the bodice. The skirt is unlined. The dress is in very good condition. The lining inside the bodice is splitting, there is a tiny split on one sleeve, very light soiling on the edge of the hemline and a small split in the high neck insert. There is no moth damage and no underarm discoloration. Bust 34 Waist 24 Front skirt length 40 Back length 48.

From me:

I hate to disagree with this seller -he's normally pretty correct- but this is clearly a late 1900's if not early 1910's dress. The embroidery style, the lace neckline insert, the 3/4 length sleeves, and the use of buttons as decoration all suggest an Edwardian style.