This is one of my favorite dresses that I’ve sewn in a long time. Using the “1910s Tea Gown Pattern” from www.sensibility.com , I changed the sleeve length, altered the overlay, added lace puffing, and sewed on some pleated ribbon trim for a gorgeous gown that is still similar to the original design.
I had these pictures taken in a 1914 Edwardian mansion which was the perfect backdrop for this dress. And despite my aversion to hairspray I was able to pull off something akin to an airbun which looked authentic for the time period. : )
The dress itself is made from ivory silk shantung with an overlay of embroidered tulle that cascades elegantly down the back. Whenever possible I added hand sewn details, such as with the lace appliques on the sleeves and the hand sewn zipper.
I used a plum colored silk dupioni for the sash, and ommitted the pattern’s rosettes in favor of a big, pouffy bow. And I hand pleated the lavender ribbon at the neckline for added detail.
There are far too many details about this gown to mention them all, but I have written more about it over on my blog, and there are additional photos on my Facebook page. This gown was an absolute delight to wear, and I really felt like I had stepped back in time in that beautifully elegant house!
Hope you enjoy the pictures!