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Black Silk Afternoon Gown

Black Silk Afternoon Gown
C.1904. A beautiful black china silk trained dress which epitomizes Edwardian fashion exactly!
This two piece dress would have been worn during the afternoon, most likely for tea. So much work went into this frou frou gown, and I can't imagine how long it took to make something like this.
The bodice is made out of black china silk and is lined with black sateen. The lining is fully boned with old baleine stays. The front of the bodice features a ruffled yoke made out of black shirred chiffon further accented with little black satin bows, bands of black satin ribbon, and edged with a wide band of floral machine lace. The ruffle is constructed out of black china silk.
The center front of the bodice is pouched as it typical of Edwardian fashion, and the back has pleats. The 3/4 length sleeves are puffed which was THE style from about 1904-1906 and have a ruffled cuffs with a band of machine lace.
Measurements: Neck 12", Shoulders approx. 11", Bust 33 1/2"- 34", Waist 22 1/2", Length approx. 17".
The trained skirt is made out of china silk and is lined in sturdy black sateen with a hidden pocket on the left side. This lovely trained skirt features two long and narrow vertical bands of china silk runching with seven rows of wide pintucks at the center front hem area. Shirring and wide bands of runched china silk decorate the rest of the lower portion of the skirt all around. At hip and waist level, there is a multitude of shirring.
The sateen lining (or underskirt) has a ruffled band of sateen around the hem as well as an additional under ruffle made up of black muslin trimmed with black lace. The waistband is made out of black cotton and fastens with hook 'n eyes.
Measurements: Waist 21 1/2", Hips approx. 32"-34", Front length approx. 37", Back length approx. 40".
(Formerly L. Hidic)