Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Simple but Lovely Edwardian Dress
From the seller:
This auction is for a most interesting gown from the Edwardian period. It is made of a sort of peachy-tan cotton gauze with slubs. The fabric has a wonderful feel and drape. It is trimmed with mother of pearl buttons. The skirt is full, constructed with gathers set into structural tabs. The bodice features the a low neckline, perfect for a high-collared chemisette and long bishop sleeves with elegant little cuffs- again, note the original mother of pearl buttons! The pigeon front is held in place with straps.
Condition: Structurally sturdy. There is some light discoloration which may clean out and a small hole or two. No closures. Wearable with care. Please see photos.
Measurements are: The bust is about 42 inches (it should be loose and full) & the waist is 23.5 inches; The front length from the waist is 40 inches.
I'm curious if it's really cotton or if it's linen. It looks like linen to me. The longer sleeves with what is clearly a summer dress means it's most likely earlier in the Edwardian time line than later. I'm putting it at about 1904.