Added Dec 3, 2011
This is one of my favorite dresses I’ve ever made – a lacy Edwardian tea gown! I concocted this feminine gown from the 1910s Tea Gown pattern at S&S Patterns www.sensibility.com .
Believe it or not, the entire project was made from my stash except for the ribbon and plum colored sash.
The ivory silk shantung (which sold for $30 a yard), was leftover from a wedding dress project that a bride bequeathed to me, and the netting overlay was an exquisite curtain panel!
I followed the pattern closely, but did diverge from it in the sleeve length, sheer overlay, and in adding the lace at the bottom as well as the ribbon trim. I hand pleated the lavender ribbon which was the perfect finishing touch at the neckline.
And fond as I am of flowers, I ommitted the rosette in the sash back in favor of a big, pouffy dupioni bow. I really think the plum colored silk sash was the perfect shade to bring out the purple flowers in the overlay. And adding lavender gave a little more color to an otherwise pale, lacy gown.
I was so thrilled to wear the dress, and I had it photographed in the most exquisite mansion you’ve ever seen! I’ve had the privilege of being photographed in some very historic locations (such as Kensington Palace and the Assembly Rooms in Bath, England), but this mansion is one of my favorites!
You can read all about the project here
, with many more pictures. And since I had so many photographs taken (so many that no one will ever see them all), I put some more up on the Edelweiss Patterns Facebook page.
Hope you enjoy the pictures! And Happy December!
Ivory silk shantung, plum colored silk dupioni, embroidered tulle, scalloped lace, lavender ribbon, lace appliques
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