Hand-embroidered tea dress, c.1910
This piece is worth restoring although the work will be time consuming. I do not have time to do it, so my loss is your gain. I enjoy doing restoration on the main category pieces but do not have the time for Treasure Hunt repairs.
First the dress needs a good soak to make it white again. Then if you repair the holes, you will have the kind of dress that retails for at least $800. I have seen very successful restorations done by cutting out similar embroidered dots from a dead garment to use for appliqués. The lace is in excellent condition. The padded, raised embroidery is first rate.
The dress is fashioned from sheer cotton batiste and closes in back with small hooks.
The condition is very good.
It measures: 36" bust, 24" waist (room to let out), 38" hip, and 53" from shoulder to front hem (slightly longer in back).