Embroidered linen dress & vest, c.1910
High quality day wear is often difficult to locate. Unlike the special occasion gown worn once and then carefully stored, the day dress was often worn until it was discarded. This attractive linen ensemble is a special find.
The ensemble consists of a long sleeved dress and a sleeveless vest. Both pieces are hand embroidered with a cutwork floral pattern and trimmed with wide bands of embroidered lace. The satin stitch embroidery conveys an amazing three dimensional verisimilitude.
The slender dress is fitted with a high waist. It closes on the side front with small hooks. The vest is loose and open. It has deep armholes, a gently shaped back and a longer, straight front. The very wide skirt hem can be let down if you need more length.
The two vertical panels on both vest and skirt emphasize the long lines of the silhouette. The ingenious construction makes the vertical panels almost appear continuous from the vest to the skirt when seen from a normal viewing distance. It takes artistic sophistication to achieve such artless simplicity!
The white linen and slender silhouette hint at an angel's garment. If the hue and shape intimate the idea of a "uniform," then it is one worn only by fashion initiates whose smart attire always attracts admiring glances.
The condition is excellent. The ensemble is clean and ready to wear.
The dress measures: 36" bust, 28" waist, 38" hip, 14" from shoulder
to waist, 15 1/2" from shoulder seam to shoulder seam, 23" sleeve length, and
53" from shoulder to front hem.
The vest measures: 38"bust and waist, 44" hip, 23 1/2" center-back length, and 27" center-front length.