Monday, January 9, 2012

Edwardian Era Ladies' Dresses - March 1905 The Delineator

Edwardian Era Ladies' Dresses - March 1905 The Delineator

A graceful tunic skirt, No. 8276, is united with Eton blouse jacket No. 8244 in this attractive toilette of green broadcloth.

The vest of brocaded silk adds a distinctive touch to this coat in Louis XV style (No. 8247) of tan kersey; the skirt, No. 8277, is also of kersey.

8276 - Ladies' Skirt - The tunic skirt is back again, and appears in attractive shapes. It is made of five gores, and includes a circular flounce which measures about six yards and one-fourth in the medium sizes; the skirt measures about four yards, and may be cut away beneath the flounce. Long and medium sweeps are allowed. An inverted box-plait or gathers may take up the fulness at the back and shirrs or gathers regulate the fulness at the top of the overskirt or tunic, which is in pointed outline.

Plum-colored nun's-veiling will be pretty madei in this way, and other desirable effects are obtainable from albatross, voile, chiffon broadcloth, fine checks and plaids.

8244 - Ladies' Eton Blouse Jacket or Redingote - An attractive representative of the latest modes in outer garments. The blouse is of the Eton type with a plain back and full fronts pouching becomingly over the belt. The skirt clings closely to the figure, the back seam being closed all the way down. The vest is in medium depth inserted in the under-arm and shoulder seams, but the mode is complete without it. A shawl collar supplies stylish neck completion, and the jacket may be worn open to the waist-line or closed, as preferred. The sleeves are provided with deep cuffs or reversed flare cuffs with frills.

Oak-brown broadcloth is suggested for a redingote to be worn with a skirt to match, and other desirable fabrics are melton, vicuna, venetian, etamine and kersey.

8247 - Ladies' Louis XV Coat or Jacket - The smart modes of the Louis XV period are among the most successful of the recent revivals, and by varying the length of skirt can be made becoming to almost all figures. Short three-quarter and long hip lengths are given for the skirts, which extend from the centre of the front to the side-back seams, where a side-plait is made. Pocket-laps add to the jaunty effect, but are not necessary. The coat is gored to the shoulders front and back, and the vest is an optional feature. Provision is made for the fronts to be lapped and fastened or rolled back in revers to expose the vest and the back gores may have a plain or a lapped vent at the centre. A military band and turn-down and notched collar are provided for the neck, but the collarless form is as often adopted. Fancy cuffs may complete the sleeves, which are shaped by two seams and are quite full at the top.

8277 - Ladies' Skirt - The graceful flounce skirts are very popular once more, a fact that is accounted for by their almost universal becomingness. The upper portion is circularly shaped, with gathers or an inverted box-plait at the back, and is extended to frou-frou or regulation long or medium sweep or round length by a circular flounce gathered at the top. Provision is made for a panel at the front or for bias effect with a centre seam, but these are optional and the lower edge of the skirt measures about six yards and three-fourths in the medium sizes. A foundation skirt composed of five gores is also included, but the skirt will make up satisfactorily without it.

Cafe au lait chiffon crepe de Paris would make a handsome skirt with a flounce heading of opal passementerie, and a fancy waist of the same material would be pretty. Surah, louisine, peau de cygne, messaline, foulard, pongee, broadcloth and voile are good selections.

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