This exquisite antique dress features a petite squared neckline trimmed in ruffled lace set into a soft mesh panel with delicate crochet covered buttons up the center front. On each side of the mesh are panels of sheer filet lace with a scrolled and fret design, and to the outside of them are panels of tiny-tucked cotton lawn.
Another wider panel of filet lace is outside of the tucked panel, this one extends past the shoulder to form a cap sleeve and is trimmed in the same lace that trims the neckline.
The back bodice has a curved yoke of darted filet around the neck. Below the yoke, there are two more panels of filet with tiny snaps as the closure for the center back opening (the front buttons are only for display, they are not functioning).
Now, the tucked lawn sections and the outer filet sleeve sections of the front are actually the same panels for the back, continued up and over the shoulder. This is beautifully executed pattern manipulation!
The skirt is made of more panels of the same filet and lawn, stitched together vertically, with a wide band of filet around the bottom, and trimmed in the same lace as the neckline and sleeve hems.
This has a narrow (1” wide) waist-band, it is made of a lightweight gauze. This may have been worn with a ribbon or narrow belt, however there are no belt loops.
Measurements for this translate to a modern size medium:
From the neck point to the sleeve hem is 11.5”
Length from center back of the neck to the waistline: 16.5”
Length from center back of the neck to the hem: 47”
The sweep of hem is 54”
Intended to be worn loosely, not body hugging at all.
Typically, these dresses were worn for summer lawn parties, porch parties, afternoon tea, strolling the beach, and not for formal wear. However, this came to us with the backstory that it was worn only once, as a wedding dress; the wearer being from a small rural community.
Dating beyond the Edwardian era, estimated 1917-1919.
“Lingerie dress” was another name for this style of dress.
This has been gently hand-laundered; it is fresh and clean, in excellent condition, and ready to wear.
It would be, in our opinion, a perfect wedding dress for a modern vintage-loving bride. We have some cream satin heels that would go well with this, too, coming to our shop soon.
We are a member of The VFG, The Vintage Fashion Guild.
Creamy White Antique Filet Lace Tea Dress Wedding Dress 1917 to 1919 M
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