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Gibson Girl/ Edwardian Dainty Detailed Blue & White Tea Dress, Lace Inserts
I purchased this delightful delicate dress several years ago for one of my Edwardian lady dolls, but I had miscalculated the measurements, and the dress turned out to be too big. Of sheer cotton material with pale blue polka dots, this gorgeous gown would be just the thing an elegant Gibson girl or Edwardian lady would wear to a tea. Of fine, sheer material printed with pale blue polka dots, this dress appears to be entirely hand sewn. It is beautifully tailored and detailed, from the lace insert down the front of the skirt to the three small buttonholes in the back, each for a tiny mother-of-pearl button. The dress is about 12.5 inches from the vee-neck to the hem, and around 13.25 inches from the highest point of the collar to the hem. The waist is 4 inches across and the chest about 5 inches across at the widest point. The sleeves are roughly 3.25 inches long. The dress is in wonderful condition for its age, and I have not tried to launder it. There is a faint reddish stain on the right sleeve, just where it joins the shoulder, and is more visible on the back of the dress. I do not know if the stain can be washed or bleached out. There are a few scattered small areas where the fabric has thinned out, such as on the right side of the chest, but you have to look closely to find them. They do not appear to effect the overall sturdiness of the dress. This gown would be wonderful when worn by the right doll or would be the perfect dress to drape over a doll trunk.