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Also there are some old threads on the sash, which make me wonder if it was originally somehow attached to the gown.. But then again, they were tiny people with 18" waists and 10" shoulder span, so... if you have a display of hats and boots (as I used to! I have one of these in my own closet which I wear wear jeans or other casual items to dress them up! The black silk thin patterned velvet coat is in great condition! this is one of the bodices I would certainly have selected. It's not totally perfect as there are minor underarm stains (see photos), but you don't see those unless you look. And a slight discoloration at the upper right bodice and might need a few hooks/eyes. It was SO fabulous that I had the local Boston ABC-TV station and Boston Globe newspaper Sunday section to photograph my room! Often these Edwardian white dresses were worn by various family members and often they were lengthened or shortened with horizontal pleating as you want to keep the pretty lace hemlines intact. and perhaps those people have the "magic" (sewing skills) that I don't have...I have trouble sewing on a button.
which would also help explain why the sash wasn't lost over the last nearly 90 years. if you can prove this to be a designer gown, you win! ) you will know just how pretty these things look sitting on lace and ribbons. The only thing are the creases at the front toes which could probably be made to practically disappear with some black shoe polish (but I leave things as I find them for those who prefer that! These boots have a sticker on the bottom with the manufacturer and date as it's hard to read the gold company logo inside the top of the boot (see photo). I have no idea what town, or country for that matter! Certainly it's also great to wear with an early 1900s linen skirt as well to create a glorious walking suit. The pattern in the velvet can only be seen under certain lights, otherwise it just looks like a solid black velvet. And just a slight bit of dust/dirt at the front waist... For this dress, the only place to shorten is at the waist, so that's what was done. Just don't stress antique fabrics, so wear your spanx bodysuit. I still want to sell items that are in good enough condition that it will survive many more years with care. I have had this gown in my own collection since 1996! Sheer chiffon at yoke and sleeves are covered with beading.
The beauty of that is that you can make this one dress look totally different depending on what color you wear under. However the entire jacket (except for the sleeves) is lined in chinchilla. As you'll see from the photos, this will either look like gold lame or a bronze lame depending on the lighting. And WOW, look at the accordion gathers at the one hip and "bow" at the other hip!!! Measures: 34" bust, 25" waist (though measures 29"), up to 36" hips, 55" long from shoulder to hem.
So, unless you are an exhibitionist, you'll want to wear an underdress! And nothing at all is better than a 1920's trained lame gown!
These were meant to be worn shorter so your ankles or Edwardian boots would be seen. I can hardly find a thing wrong with it except for one small hole in the long chiffon design element at front. I hate to sell items that aren't in near pristine condition, but every so often one has to allow these pieces to go to those who will love them... But the BEST of this piece is the gemstone silk pattered trim with thin metallic thread for a hint of shine! It was SO fabulous that I had the local Boston ABC-TV station and Boston Globe newspaper Sunday section to photograph my room! The dress follows the japonisme or orientalist fashion very much in vogue. One freckle spot at left hip (see photo), the tiniest ribbon fray at left neckline, a few hooks/eyes that will need replacing/sewing and really the only issue is water spotting on the back satin train (see photos). Measures: up to 34" bust, up to 25" waist (measures 26"), 57" long from shoulder to hem. even though there are two layers of the crepe to the skirt, it's still slightly sheer so you'll want to wear a slip under. on first look this dress is great, but then you look closer and there are issues... Measures: up to 33" bust, 26" underbust waist, 60" long from shoulder to hem in front, 66" long in back. I can't believe this isn't some designer piece from this era.... Check out the photos of this piece and you will see the issues for yourself. Frame it or display it showing off the back which is better than the front.
The bodice lining looks to be perfect as does the full black attached slip for skirt! At first glance you will think this is a lovely silk brocade fabric. Shown on a normal size 4/6 mannequin, 24" long from back neck to back hem, so it will fit a current human size (not just the tiny Victorian women! Missing beads, browning of the thread, wear to the silk faille... OR just use the beads to fix another one of these you have! 'm ALWAYS on the hunt for Victorian sidesaddle habits! just two areas of small holes (one lost in folds, the other at the hemline - see photos) and a bit of lining tearing inside skirt hemline. Even the satin INTERIOR of the bodice is gorgeous!!
I still have a few rhinestone tiaras that are in my private collection, and I am close to adding this to my own collection as well, so think fast. He must have been the king of these fashionable cloches! One seam in the sleeve (I'd do it but I don't have a sewing machine), and one thread loop needs fixing on one sleeve (4 buttons on each sleeve). The black beading on this overdress gives the look of a 20s necklace hanging down the front... This jacket is interesting as the material seems to be a woven linen rather than a wool. :) You can wear the jacket either closed (doublebreasted with one button closure) or open (creating a bit of a swing shape). 21" long from shoulder to hem, 18" across back (though there are no shoulder seams to measure for sure), Perhaps up to 38" bust. Excellent condition though the chinchilla could use a cleaning/glazing from your furrier as there's a bit of an odor (I have a sensitive nose! For those of you who are VERY VERY fashion forward, you COULD wear this insideout. If you look closure (basically you have to stick your head up and underneath and look out to see a bit of daylight through the fabric) and a few hooks/eyes missing, a bit of tearing of lining only.This was a simple day dress worn by a practical women. if you are a great seamstress, you could probably figure out how to increase the size of this piece. Measures: 32" bust, but tiny 10" across back, 26-29" waist skirt, 40" long skirt (with 4" hem). I'd love to say it's in perfect condition, but the velvet has some crushing seen under certain lights in various areas. The only issues are tiny, like an ink mark on the mid-seam back of the skirt (a good drycleaner should be able to remove), the shredding of the silk at the inside hem of only one of the 4 layers (hardly worth mentioning as it can be removed if you want), wear at the skirt waist (not seen when worn), and only the MOST minor tiny other spots on skirt. Measures: 29" bust, 22" waist, 41" long from shoulder to hem in front, 70" long in back. This one is a basic silk jacket of the Gibson Girl era with that fabulous wide large collar front and back.One seam needs sewing at the upper sleeve (easy, but I don't have a sewing machine). You can see a sample on the one sleeve (see photos). All this needs to be spectacular are some wax flowers ornaments. I've been holding off listing this gown because the person who owned it said they believed it to be a Paul Poiret. Needs someone who can deal with the large spot on the bottom of the front (see close-up) and the strange spot on the one sleeve.I have never heard of the House of Mmes Kerteux Soeurs, Paris, and I'm sure most of you haven't heard of them either, but they were high fashion dressmakers back to at least 1870s, and had a reputation equal to many other Parisian n a fiction book, Velvet Shadows by Andre Norton, there is a paragraph that reads: "They were all intent upon a collection of fashion prints displayed by a very smartly dressed woman. " Victorine was like a child confronting a collection of new toys. Obviously much of it is still in place, but none of it is good. for those of you who like a project, and love the thought of a PARISIAN Edwardian gown.... You really just need to replace the pale trim and skirt lining to make this wearable. Measures: 32/33" bust, up to 24/25" waist, 52" long from shoulder to hem (shortish - but if you are replacing the trim anyway, you can make longer). This is a SO SWEET full apron that would have been pinned on to a simple black or gray dress. There is a black tassel at the back as well per all classic burnooses. This 2-piece (or 3-piece if you include the original black trained half slip that comes with it. Also you'll see that one of the loopy black velvet ornaments is missing (you can see where it went, just to the left of the other one - so probably easy enough to make a new one).
There is a gold lace trim at the neckline and the sleeves... I know this photo just looks like a black blob, but trust me, it's an interestingly tailored gown. Excellent condition with the following exceptions: 1) There is a very light fade/spot at front of bodice middle which was likely from a pin or clip (so just use another), 2) the rhinestone buckle is needs rhinestones replaced. I doubt she got much work done wearing this, and might just be for those special occasions. Lace trimmed with pink, light blue and green silk embroidered flowers at top, bottom and a spray of flowers at one side. I was lucky enough to get a few pieces of new old deadstock lingerie from the Great Granddaughter of A. As the label lists this as imported, one wonders if there is a Liberty of London connection, but we'll likely never know. Condition, beside the water stains on the inside, you will need a quick 2 minute machine stitching to reshape as you see. Looking for an affordable 1920s flapper dress for that Gatsby or Downton Abbey party?? The last three photos show very very minor issues... I have a jacket in my personal closet from the 1980s that will forever be my favorite piece of wearable clothing.... The slip is in very good condition) trained gown was probably a visiting gown. And even better, it's in a modern day woman's size! There might have been little black velvet bows on the ribbons above, or little jet button ornaments.that's in good condition, though looks like the sleeves lost some at the ends. Look at the close-up and lightened photos to see for yourself. But still looks fine as is, 3) as with many 1930's dresses, the seam thread has weakened over time, so best to get someone with a sewing machine to just go over all the seams.. ;) Sometimes my photos just don't do a piece justice. ), this one is as great as anything you would have seen worn on Downton Abbey or Titanic! As you can see, you might want to add a few more as it will gap open. Israel of Worcester, MA who (as you can see from his original calling card) was a Manufacturer of Ladies Underware, Wrappers and Tea Gowns. I just pinned it, but I have no sewing machine, and I don't know how to sew anyway, so you don't want me to try. This one is quite wearable and easier than the heavy beaded dresses. The worse are the small wear "holes" at the upper left back. one tiny old pull or repair on one sleeve, slight wear near the bottom of one sleeve, and three tiny "holes" at the back of the other side of the upper back. And there may be a few legs breaks in that one section of lace - over the pink velvet (see close-up photo).