Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Edwardian Purple Dress with Matching Coat

From the seller:

This 1910s era dress and coat ensemble is made in a warm shade of milk chocolate brown, silk/wool blend fabric woven in subtle wide spaced ribs. The dress is trimmed in grayish brown gimp braid, soutache braid, vertical tucks in the bodice, pin tucks on the sleeves, and two shades and styles of embroidered net lace set into the upper bodice and neckline. It originally had a high standing collar of embroidered net lace that, unfortunately, is now partially missing, leaving the collar attached reinforcements supporting the hook and eyes in the back. The bodice and sleeves alone are lined in thin white cotton. The unlined skirt has two self-fabric covered flat disk weights sewn to the inside where the braid trim meets the plain center front panel.
The coat collar is covered in brown silk and edged with grayish brown gimp braid, including the frog closures down the front. Self-fabric covered buttons trim the pockets and down the two long back vents. Two of pocket buttons are damaged or missing and they have also been neatly removed from the front opening. The coat is lined in silky, cream color fabric woven in a herringbone stripe pattern.
Besides the net lace damage and missing buttons there are a few small tears in the brown fabric, including one on the upper bodice and two short splits along the hem. There are also a few whitened spots near the hem of the dress.

Measurements: Bust: 35 inches (89 cm), waist: 22 inches (56 cm), Skirt front length: 38.5 inches (97.8 cm), Back length: 40.5 inches (102.8 cm) Hem circumference: 130 inches (330 cm), Coat back length: 44.5 inches (113 cm)

From Me:

You can see a somewhat similar in shape dress on this fashion plate from 1908. So late Edwardian.

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