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The Lady who wore this had 3 children
Born 1905, 1906 and 1910!
WARNING!!!! LONG PICKY DESCRIPTION!!
And....since I have had several of her garments I can seriously verify their quality and beauty. What a dressmaker she had! There's no way we could today afford the intricacies of personal construction or quality of fabrics that went into the garments of the Victorian and Edwardian eras! Buyer will receive provenance for the garment.
The silk fabric used in this maternity dress is just beautiful . A tucked, black silk front yoke on the dress is framed in Chantilly lace around the shoulder and bodice with a gorgeous black floral silk used to construct the body of the dress and sleeves. The complete bodice and sleeves are fully lined in what I believe to be a fine, tan colored cotton. All the closures on the front of the dress
dress are machine work but the assembly of the dress is completely hand done. I have tried to show the most intricate construction of the front of the dress but it is hard to "get" in pictures and almost defies description - you have to see it. The right side of the bodice hooks over the the left bringing the Chantilly lace up on that side. (please note: I didn't get the lace hooked up high enough in the pictures!!). This wraped side hooks down to the "waist" area where - on both sides of the dress - there is a combination of an inset tab with gathering and a separate inset almost "pouch" piece. All of that treatment at the waist area allows for expansion while still giving a lovely drape effect (see I told you it was hard to describe!)
The skirt of the dress in the back, while flowing straght down (until you get to the ruffle) is fully pleated to a center "fishtail". Originally the dress was floor length, however, underneath the bottom ruffle it has been basted up (easy to undo) at least 10" from the original length. Each sleeve is trimmed around at the cuff with applied bands of the solid black silk.
The condition of the dress is just great. Old silk is notorious for shattering but in this case it's in super condition! I found no separations or shattering of the silk and only one spot where likely food or something landed where two small (1/2" & 1/4") holes were noted (see pic #8). There are, additionaly, two tiny holes (1/8" or less) higher by the "lapping". There is one interior area of about 2" where stitching is loose (no damage). No disclorations to the silk could be found (underarm or anywhere). The white cotton lining of the neck has darked some but not bad. Shoulder width is 13" and I found it impossible to reliably get a bust measurement. Current total length is approx 45", however, as mentioned, full length is closer to 55". A small size.
A marvelous collection addition!
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