Hand-embroidered linen blouse & skirt, c.1915
I love the cheerful and exuberant ethnic-style embroidery, whose simple charm will raise spirits on the dullest day. Both pieces are hand embroidered with blue and white daisy-style flowers. The highly textured design is a pleasing arrangement of padded satin stitch, French knots, and cross stitch.
The blouse and skirt can be worn together as a dress or as separates. The sleeves are cut-in-one with the blouse, resulting in a comfortable relaxed fit. The fullness of the blouse is stitched in place with pleats at the back waistline. The blouse slips over the head with no closures.
The skirt fits smoothly over the hips with stitched down pleats. It closes in back with snaps that lock closed. The self-covered buttons at the back opening are decorative only.
The condition is almost excellent. The blue color is slightly uneven; there are several pin-prick size age spots. Washing would probably remove the spots but also remove the blue dye. Instead of a barely visible tiny brown spot, you would have a larger white spot. Although I think color variation is part of the charm of an antique piece, it is reflected in the price. The ensemble has been dry cleaned.
The blouse measures: 40" bust, 36" waist, and 18" from shoulder to hem.
The skirt measures: 30" waist, 42" hip, and 35" length.