The bodice of this Edwardian gown opens in the front overall style, with five velvet buttons on both sides, and the left side unfastens, all the way to the skirt, which closes on the left side with a large snap. Beneath the bodice is a gauze lining, and the sleeves are attached to the lining, not the shoulders of the outer dress. There is a wide band which the skirt i attached to and which encircles the waist and hooks in front The sleeves are of a slim width and come to slightly elbow level or above elbow level. The fabric throughout is excellent, except for the sleeve cuff's lining, which is made of china silk an has melted significantly. The sleeve lining can easily be replaced the dress made wearable again! When the top bodice is buttoned, there is a cummerbund effect which is quite attractive, giving the font a loose blousy appearance, but showing a form fitting silhouette in back.
The fabric is white silk with medium blue horizontal and vertical stripes woven in, and the navy blue stripes that are also part of the weave of the fabric is velvet.. The measurements are 33-1/2" around the chest, 25-1/2" around the waist, and 41" around the hips. It measures 14" across the shoulders in back, and the sleeves measure 5-1/2" long measured from under the armpit seam. The dress is 48" long measured from the shoulder seam to the bottom of the front hem.
Perhaps this was a young lady's dress of the time immediately prior to the start of WWI.
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