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.

From Me:

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.

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