Monday, February 25, 2013

Dream dress - "for dinner and dancing"

That's what the label said, and this dress did plenty of that! 

I was lucky enough to meet the original owner who told me it was part of her trousseau when she was married, and she loved it so much she could never part with it. The skirt was voluminous by itself, and she wore it with a 40 yard petticoat - 40 yards! She had worn it when she was 21 in 1956, and now her daughter will wear it, and then pass it on to her own daughter.


This gown was made from shot taffeta, with a blue, pink and magenta colour through it. Then covered in organza pleats and overskirt. The dropped waist created a killer waist shaping. Luckily the inside lining needed repair too, meaning I could get a good look at the insides - it was interlined with a heavy calico, almost canvas-like. That's some serious structure, without much boning.

It was a privilege to send this beautiful gown back into the world again with a little TLC (and a replaced zipper).

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