Edwardian style vintage blouse, 1970s
This charming vintage blouse, made in the Edwardian style with period lace and new silk, has the romantic allure of an antique in a garment sturdy enough to wear. The princess line seams give the blouse a figure flattering shape. It is 4" longer in back.
The blouse is beautifully fashioned from peach colored silk crepe de chine with French seams and rows of pin tucks. It closes in front with small, clear buttons. The wide angel-sleeves, ruffled collar, and front panels are made from machine made ecru cotton lace.
The hem border is of expensive handmade Cluny lace, a Victorian handmade bobbin lace. This lace is worked in linen thread and has braided bars and small petal-shaped wheat ears. Cluny refers to the Cluny Museum in Paris, where a collection of 16th century Genoese bobbin laces was exhibited in the 19th century. They inspired French lace makers to imitate the patterns and create a "new" continuous lace.
The blouse was originally owned by a collector who wore it with Victorian earrings and the high boots listed in the 1940s to Designer section. The ultra-feminine blouse is a versatile piece that would work equally well with jeans or a dressy skirt.
The condition is excellent. The blouse is clean and ready to wear.
It measures: 36" bust, 27" waist, 40" hip, 14" sleeve length, and 20" from shoulder to front hem.