|Circa 1910's lawn dress.|
This dress is quite short on me, coming above the ankle. I'm five foot four, so either this particular dress was made for someone very short or the style shows the foot. The short sleeves are intriguing to me, as I haven't seen too many of these dresses showing so much arm. It is probably made of cotton lawn, which I think is where the name comes from: lawn dress. The dress also appears to be mostly machine made (except maybe attaching the buttons), with what looks like machine made lace, machine made seams and machine embroidery on the front bust.
But on to the pictures...
|How cute these little flower buttons are!|
|The embroidery looks to be |
done by machine.
|Detail of the waistband.|
|The hem is edged in headside lace |
(i.e. lace with a wavy edge vs. the inset
lace which is finished on both edges
as a footside).
|Inside the dress. Note the lace is inset and the fabric |
selvedge is left raw.
|The lace looks to be machine made bobbin lace in the |
|The next two pictures show this area in detail (back of skirt), |
where a couple repairs have been made,
|A different lace has been set in as a repair. |
It is also machine lace.
|The neckline closes with lace covered buttons, |
with the button hole being the scalloped
edge of the lace.
|Detail of the covered buttons.|
|The rest of the buttons look to be mother of |
pearl or a faux equivalent.
|The button holes below the waist |
are thread bars.
|The button holes from the waist up are hidden |
in a double layer of fabric.
|Detail of the bobbin lace at the neckline.|
|American graduation photo from 1912. Dushor, Pennsylvania.|
The photo shows young girls in similar white dresses.
Look at those huge hair bows!
Photo courtesy Ye Olde Fashion.