Monday, April 7, 2014

Turn of the Century Dress remodeled in the 1930's

From the seller:

Edwardian Embroidered Tea Dress w Lace w- 30 MED

This lovely Edwardian tea dress is made from a fine embroidered cotton and net in ivory. It has a net underbodice with a filet lace collar and front insert. The sleeves are attached to the underbodice and are elaborately embroidere from elbow to wrist. The filet insert buttons closed and it has an embroidered net and cotton overblouse that snaps. The skirt is shirred around the upper hips with 3 rows of piping, the skirt has 2 layers of tulle. The top layer has a fine cotton border, it has embroidery around the bottom. It has a dime size spot on the skirt and is a bit dingy, it needs a gentle soaking. There's a 1/4 inch tear by the hem and a small hole in the gathers between the piping about 1/4 inch across also a few tiny holesl from pin point to pin head. The back of the collar was bound off where it's attached to the neckline with a silk band, the silk is shattering, but easily replaced. It measures It measures 30 inches around the waist, bust is 38, across the back shoulder is 14 and it's 61 inches long. Excellent vintage condition.
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From Me:

So, the tucks on the skirt are consistent with a 1900's date - however the sleeves and the bodice styling are not. Instead, it looks like someone took some satin ribbon to re-enforce the seams after redesigning the bodice to a more 1930's look. They probably took some fabric out of the skirt (it looks narrow to my eye) to make the new sleeves and bodice.

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