1910s | Dresses

An Edwardian Lacy Dress for Christmas

By on December 2, 2011

Hello Ladies!

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!

Katrina www.edelweisspatterns.com

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Vintage Sewing

A Silk Fabric Comparison

By on November 23, 2011

Hello Ladies!

I’ve recently been sewing some dresses using two of my favorite fabrics – silk dupioni and silk shantung.  These gorgeous materials make the most stunningly elegant outfits, and they are just perfect for holiday ensembles.  But recently I’ve heard some people wondering, “What’s the difference between dupioni and shantung, anyhow?”

I’ll admit that the two are so closely related that it is sometimes tricky to tell the difference, but you can usually make an educated guess if you know the following infomation:

Silk Dupioni is thicker, has more slubs, and the general texture is almost rustic.  It has recently gained more favor for formal wear and party attire, though in previous years it has been considered not quite as formal as shantung because of its rougher appearance.

Silk Shantung is thinner (though it still has a crisp feel), and has much smaller and fewer slubs.  This lustrous silk is perfect for almost any type of gown, and when viewed from a distance you may not be able to distinguish any texture at all.  You can use shantung for nearly any historic period as well, from Elizabethan, to Regency, and the 1950s (my favorite!). 

You can see more comparison photos and read the full article here.

Happy sewing!

Katrina – www.edelweisspatterns.com/blog

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