Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Perfect Edwardian Easter Dress


From the seller:

The most beautiful antique victorian sheer printed gauze two piece gown.  Pretty pink roses with green stems and leaves. Ruffles along the bottom of the skirt's hem, along the collar in tiers and and the cuffs.  Romantic balloon sleeves.  Ruffles are trimmed in pink silk ribbon.  Ruched waist, sleeves and along the neckline.  Bodice is lined in white cotton.  So rare to find a great print like this from so long ago.  
Some slight discoloration in a couple places.  Small tear on bodice, and on skirt.   
Bust: 30" 
Waist: 22" -- has a lot of fabric on top of interior corset so can be worn if a bigger size
Shoulder to shoulder: 24" 
Sleeve length: 19 1/2"
Bodice length: 17" 
Skirt length: 39"


From Me:

1904 Fashion Plate

Just like the gown in the fashion plate, this extant one as the quarter length billowing sleeves, the ridiculous but lovely ruffles around the shoulders and neck, and does not have the mock turtleneck neckline that we typically find in the 1890's/1900's. I love the rose print and just how spring this dress is.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Early Victorian Quilted Petticoat








From the seller:

Excellent condition to this white cotton quilted petticoat. The designs are well executed, the cotton is crisp and strong.
The waistband has been professionally replaced, is 100% cotton, and was attached by hand, with evenly spaced gathers all the way around the waist, it fastens with two antique milk glass buttons in back.
The quilting goes all the way up to the waist, with the more complicated designs starting at about the hip area, plainer, horizontal stitches just below the waist.
All the sewing is hand. It measures 27 1/4" around at the waist, it's 35 1/4" long, including the crochet.
There is one side seam which seems to be original, as does the crochet edging.
There are one or two light spots, some light storage discoloration. The fabric is crisp and strong, there are no holes, thin, or weak areas. 1830's-50's, with the waistband about 20 years old. 


From Me:

This just looks painful to me. Not to wear, but to do all that sewing by hand. :-)  It reminds me of this blue petticoat at the MET.

Child's Edwardian Insertion Lace Dress








From the seller:

This is a darling, sheer, lightweight Edwardian girls dress. In a Gibson Girl style, it has a high collar, yoke at the neck, exaggerated "pouffed" silhouette at the front.
The waist is dropped, the skirt is flared, both skirt and yoke are scalloped and decorated with floral embroidery. The yoke also has a couple of rows of French knots.
There are embroidered and lace inserts, it buttons at the back.
It's 22 3/4" long, in front. it's 25 1/2" at the waist, 27" at the bust, without expanding the pleating. The waist needs a ribbon or belt for a finished look.
Very good condition, with a small tear just below the opening in back, below the waist. I don't see any other holes or other damage. C1905.
International bidders might be charged VAT, customs, postal or delivery duties, in addition to my own shipping charges. Please contact your post or customs office if you have questions about these charges.


From Me:

Gibson Girl refers to the ladies of the Turn of the Century who perfected the messy bun - mostly in their 20's. The exaggerated poof is called a pigeon front.

1905 Fashion Plate

Notice the young girl the upper left corner of the fashion plate.  The style of dress is very similar to the extant one.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Edwardian Handkerchief Hemmed Summer Dress








From the seller:

Excellent condition for age. Bound seams, entredeux, lace up and down dress with very wide skirt.
Measurements: across back just under sleeve is 19 1/2". the waist has elastic. Relaxed it is 14" across. Stretched, the waist is 16 3/4"


From Me:

I am in love with the details of this dress. The pintuck diamonds, the insert lace, and that fabulous handkerchief hemline are all too beautiful together.  The sleeves give away the age of this one pretty well.  1905, most likely.

1905 Fashion Plate


Edwardian Day Dress in Brown













From the seller:

Two piece afternoon dress, ca. 1897. Made of rusty brown velvet corduroy with yellow stripes. High inset lace dickey. Black net trim with cream and gold embroidery. Cut steel on gold metal buckle. Little train of the skirt. Very good condition. Only the fabric beneath the lace is worn on a few places. The jacket edge show worn. The decoration is not included.
Bust: ~ 33"
Waist: ~ 24"
Front Length: ~ 54"
Back Length: ~ 64"


From Me:

I really think this is an older lady's dress and that it's from a bit later than the seller thinks. This was a hard one to date because I can see why the seller thinks it is late 1890's. However, 1897, still had a bit of the crazy 1890's sleeve left, which this doesn't have at all.  Instead, look at how the waist is pleated to look like a full dress belted.  Notice how flat the front of the skirt is and how much volume is towards the back.

This one is from 1909.

1909 Fashion Plate

Although you start to see the waistlines go up in 1908, many ladies were still wearing outfits at the natural waist going into 1910.  The above fashion plate, the pink dress shows the flat front with the waistline gathered.   

1909 Fashion Plate
The above fashion plate makes the whole flat front with pleats on the sides and volume to the back much clearer.