Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Lovely Lavender Gown of the Edwardian Era

From the seller:

4, 1904 Lavender Cotton & Silk Ribbon Debutante Ball Gown: This ball gown was created out of lavender cotton and ivory silk ribbon at the first part of the twentieth century. This is in the Gibson Girl style. It currently has a bodice with a bust of 38, a waist of 26. The skirt has a waist of 26 and a length of 42. It has a matching lavender cotton underskirt that is in good condition. The dress has been altered with a large panel put in the back and though it functioned it was not very well done. You can see this from the photos. I believe that the original bust size was about 32 and the waist was closer to 23 or 24. The lining of the bodices is organdy and has damage. There are holes in the skirt, some staining and fading. The bodice has holes in the ribbon under the left flower. This dress would be mostly for design inspiration. You could wear it but it does have the above mentioned issues. The original lavender flowers would be great to use on a period hat, and the amazing silk pleating all around the bottom would be wonderful for antique doll clothing. The bodice and the skirt are pinned together and I didn't take them apart. The outfit comes to you as it is. Loved once by its first owner, and again by someone in recent times and now going on to whomever wins it. The bidding will start at $0.99 with no reserve.

From Me:

If any loser dared to take the lavender flowers off this gorgeous piece of art and put them on a hat, they are going to the 9th level of Hell.

BTW, this, I *think* is the 1800 dress "saved" here. Woohoo! I wanted one that was truly different and I hope this one fits the bill.


  1. So many pretty gowns tonight, but this one is darling!

    Hooray for 1800!

    1. :-D Only a couple hundred away from 2000. Maybe by Halloween, we'll get there!

  2. What a beauty. I can't even think what level of hell should be reserved for shredding this into DOLL CLOTHING... arghh... how I hate that particular, oft-suggest type of "repurposing". I mean, for tattered remnants is one thing, but this?!