Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Teen's Era Summer Dress
From the seller:
Here you are bidding on a stunning antique lace dress as pictured. It is entirely hand made including seams, lace applications and hems - save for the premade waist stabilizer. The thread and stitches are so delicate that I had to use magnifying glass to determine this. Delicate pale ivory cotton with spectacular lace. Please enlarge the pictures to see the beautiful details - this is not my area of expertise (I am not even certain that I have pictured the bodice in the front) and I don't want you to miss something that I may have forgotten to notice. Also please ask any questions and though I have added all the pictures that ebay will allow I can send you additional pictures through a message if there is something else you would like to see.
The under bodice is net lace with the cotton and lace trimmed sleeves attached. It closes with the tiniest of snaps which are used throughout the piece. The opulent lace slips over this lining and is also fastened with tiny snaps leaving just the sleeves exposed. The skirt is widely hemmed fine cotton - take a look at the picture I have shown of the 'back' and note the white line of the mannequin showing through the skirt, this will give you an idea of how fine the fabric is. The fabric is soft and supple and intact. There are 2 panels of lace over the skirt. I really don't know what to say about the lace in this dress, it is exceptional, please let the pictures inform you. There are delicate finely detailed areas and rich dimensional areas. The overall color of the dress is soft ivory. The lighting is way off on the picture of just the net lace liner. I honestly cannot find a flaw in this lovely dress. I think that a tiny corner edge of lace that was hand tacked to dress has come loose but there is no damage. There is light soiling here and there with a very small darker spot as pictured - the rest is much lighter. There is also underarm discoloration. There is no odor and overall the dress is fresh and clean and from my smoke free home. The measurements are waist 30" (waist style is somewhat loose - the actual band could be made smaller but there isn't much room to make it larger). The skirt is 34" long from waist (hem is 9" deep) and the panels are a little shorter at 31". Bodice measures 15 1/2" from waist to top of shoulder and the sleeves are 8 1/2" long from armpit to bottom of lacy cuff. I am not sure whether to call this a wedding dress. It is clearly not a long gown but so special that I would think it was used by a bride. There really isn't any wear and the light soil suggests it was worn either once or very infrequently.
The above fashion plate is from Dec 1911.