NEW YEARS BLOW-OUT! Antique Bebe Dress from FRANCE w/ Charming History!

PAYPAL PAYMENT ONLY FOR IMMEDIATE PURCHASE! Every doll dress has a history, and I simply LOVE examining the authentic antique ones to see how they were made. This is a glorious attic find that has an obvious history of having been a cooperative effort between an adult and a child as a teaching lesson for a young seamstress. The finish work on the dress is lovely and highly skilled. However, inside the dress, the main seams show the definite work of a young girl leaning how to sew! The side seams are French seams and the lesson given by a grandmother or mother is apparent. As soon as the child takes over, the stitches become less even and much larger. Still, the wise teacher did NOT do them over, giving the little girl the pride of being able to claim the dress was made by her, at least in part! As a mom and former high school teacher, I LOVE that! The dress is made of lovely cream and lavender silk. The lavender stripes have a brocade motif woven into them, so the fabric was not inexpensive for a sewing lesson. The dress has a double row of lace around the hem and a really lovely inset piece in the front just above the hem (see photo). There is also lovely pink silk piping on the sleeves, around the fancy hem inset and on the neckline. A separate lace and silk fancy collar piece cascades down the bodice of the dress in the front. The final bit of frippery are two rosettes made of purple and white silk ribbon and lace. I tested a bit of the thread that was un-clipped overage inside the dress, and the cream colored thread tested for silk in the mom-made areas, and the purple thread and white thread the child used is definitely cotton The dress had a definite attic odor when it arrived in Minnesota, and was slightly discolored. However, after a gentle soak in Oxyclean ( I LOVE THAT STUFF!), the odor completely disappeared and all that was needed was light starching of the lace as I ironed the dress to restore it to its former glory. I really doubt the dress was ever really played with! That is because the unskilled stitches of the child would have come loose had the dress seen much real play. I think it must have been put on a "BEST" doll and just used for display. What pride the long-ago child must have felt every time she looked at her doll! The seams the child did really do need to be reinforced (see photo), and once that is done, this dress (that is entirely made by hand), will be plenty sturdy for decades of wear by your doll. The silk is aged, but not melting anywhere on the dress. Just a lovely item with an interesting history for your doll to wear! The dress is for a large bebe. It measures 14 5/8" from the neck to the bottom of the hem (which was done by the Mom and there is no extra silk to lengthen it). The sleeves measure 7" from the top of the shoulder seam to the bottom edge of the sleeve. The dress measures 6 3/4" across the bodice where the bodice is joined to the skirt. The dress closes at the back with two mother-of-pearl buttons. The crocheted loop for the top button is missing. Because the child only sewed the straight seams, it would take no skill at all to reinforce them. However, if you are not handy with a needle and thread, I will be happy to do it for you. I will leave the original unskilled stitches intact, though, as part of the charming history of this dress.

Item ID: 1818

NEW YEARS BLOW-OUT! Antique Bebe Dress from FRANCE w/ Charming History!

NEW YEARS BLOW-OUT!  Antique Bebe Dress from FRANCE w/ Charming History!
NEW YEARS BLOW-OUT!  Antique Bebe Dress from FRANCE w/ Charming History!
NEW YEARS BLOW-OUT!  Antique Bebe Dress from FRANCE w/ Charming History!
NEW YEARS BLOW-OUT!  Antique Bebe Dress from FRANCE w/ Charming History!
NEW YEARS BLOW-OUT!  Antique Bebe Dress from FRANCE w/ Charming History!
NEW YEARS BLOW-OUT!  Antique Bebe Dress from FRANCE w/ Charming History!
NEW YEARS BLOW-OUT!  Antique Bebe Dress from FRANCE w/ Charming History!
NEW YEARS BLOW-OUT!  Antique Bebe Dress from FRANCE w/ Charming History!
NEW YEARS BLOW-OUT!  Antique Bebe Dress from FRANCE w/ Charming History!

PAYPAL PAYMENT ONLY FOR IMMEDIATE PURCHASE! Every doll dress has a history, and I simply LOVE examining the authentic antique ones to see how they were made. This is a glorious attic find that has an obvious history of having been a cooperative effort between an adult and a child as a teaching lesson for a young seamstress. The finish work on the dress is lovely and highly skilled. However, inside the dress, the main seams show the definite work of a young girl leaning how to sew! The side seams are French seams and the lesson given by a grandmother or mother is apparent. As soon as the child takes over, the stitches become less even and much larger. Still, the wise teacher did NOT do them over, giving the little girl the pride of being able to claim the dress was made by her, at least in part! As a mom and former high school teacher, I LOVE that! The dress is made of lovely cream and lavender silk. The lavender stripes have a brocade motif woven into them, so the fabric was not inexpensive for a sewing lesson. The dress has a double row of lace around the hem and a really lovely inset piece in the front just above the hem (see photo). There is also lovely pink silk piping on the sleeves, around the fancy hem inset and on the neckline. A separate lace and silk fancy collar piece cascades down the bodice of the dress in the front. The final bit of frippery are two rosettes made of purple and white silk ribbon and lace. I tested a bit of the thread that was un-clipped overage inside the dress, and the cream colored thread tested for silk in the mom-made areas, and the purple thread and white thread the child used is definitely cotton The dress had a definite attic odor when it arrived in Minnesota, and was slightly discolored. However, after a gentle soak in Oxyclean ( I LOVE THAT STUFF!), the odor completely disappeared and all that was needed was light starching of the lace as I ironed the dress to restore it to its former glory. I really doubt the dress was ever really played with! That is because the unskilled stitches of the child would have come loose had the dress seen much real play. I think it must have been put on a "BEST" doll and just used for display. What pride the long-ago child must have felt every time she looked at her doll! The seams the child did really do need to be reinforced (see photo), and once that is done, this dress (that is entirely made by hand), will be plenty sturdy for decades of wear by your doll. The silk is aged, but not melting anywhere on the dress. Just a lovely item with an interesting history for your doll to wear! The dress is for a large bebe. It measures 14 5/8" from the neck to the bottom of the hem (which was done by the Mom and there is no extra silk to lengthen it). The sleeves measure 7" from the top of the shoulder seam to the bottom edge of the sleeve. The dress measures 6 3/4" across the bodice where the bodice is joined to the skirt. The dress closes at the back with two mother-of-pearl buttons. The crocheted loop for the top button is missing. Because the child only sewed the straight seams, it would take no skill at all to reinforce them. However, if you are not handy with a needle and thread, I will be happy to do it for you. I will leave the original unskilled stitches intact, though, as part of the charming history of this dress.

Item ID: 1818

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