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Day Dress

Day Dress
C.1909-1910. I can't believe all the work that went into making this lovely dress. It's absolutely covered in soustache braid all of which is intricatly arranged and handsewn in swirling Art Noveau style patterns. The gown was obviously a favorite of the original owner as there are period repairs and as shown by the wear to the lower sleeves.
The dress is made out of a heavy terra cotta and burgundy colored silk faille. The bodice has accents of burgundy velvet and floral appliqued yoke. S shaped soustache trim decorates the high collar and sleeve cuffs. The bodice is fully boned with an amazing 11 bones which is quite unusual for this era as boned bodices were going out of style. The high collar is boned with 2 early celluoid stays. The back fastens with the typical Edwardian press snaps which had replaced hook 'n eyes in popularity. The bodice has the pouched front so popular during the Edwardian era. The bodice measures: Neck 13", Shoulders 12 1/2" but it fits my dress form with 15 1/4" shoulders ok. Bust 34", Waist 26", Length 16".
The skirt is A line in shape but not as flared as earlier skirts would have been. It's slightly more tubular in shape forshawdoing the 'hobble skirts' of the early 1910's. The front of the skirt has long bands of swirly soustache which leads down to the even more ornate hem. The hem of the skirt has an unusual fringe hem guard as well. The skirt fastens at the left front with hook 'n eyes and snaps. The skirt is lined in dusty rose colored chintz. The waist measures 23", Hips approx. 34"- 36", length approx. 36" at the front and 39" at the back for a slight train. It is a petite height dress and would suit someone about 5"- 5'3".
(Formerly L. Hidic)