I have a confession to make.
I’ve had this gorgeous Edwardian (is it, or is it a bit later? Can an expert jump in and impart their wisdom please?) lingerie dress in my possession for seven months now.
Seven months in which it’s been admired, tried on, carefully hung up and hastily put back in the wardrobe to keep it safe.
So I’ve decided now is the time to at least photograph it and share it with you all so I can’t chicken out of doing something with it. *Gulp*
One of my best friend’s grandma passed away last summer and during the house clearance a heap of clothes and accessories were destined for the charity shop or the skip.
This was one of those that were due to head to landfill due to it being old fashioned and a little knocked around the edges.
Luckily my friend (Shona) alerted her mum to my love for all things old and unusual and had it put to one side for me.
When I was sent this dress, along with a heap of other lovely things, Shona’s mum enclosed a letter which gave it a bit of context.
Her mum was born in 1924 and wore the dress as a young woman. But it doesn’t look typical of a late 1930s or 1940s dress which makes me think perhaps it was a hand-me-down that belonged to either an elder sister or her mum?
As I wrote earlier – if you can shed any light on this please do get in touch!
Just look at the detailing on the sheer skirt… good job there’s a slip under there!
Apart from a bit of floral peach decoration coming loose on the front of the dress, it’s not looking too bad considering it’s at least 70 years old.
Round the back isn’t in bad nick either, though one problem you’ll be able to spot straight away is that my friend’s grandma was much more petite than I am (especially around the bust area!)
Someone’s had a go at repairing something on the inside of the dress using this *ahem* subtle scarlet thread.
…And the peach bows at the waistline at the back have certainly seen better days, but nothing that a needle and thread (or a pair of scissors) can’t sort out.
These cotton french knickers also came in this parcel of joy, aren’t they fancy?
Just look at the frilly edging on these bad boys!
I was originally thinking of transforming the dress into two parts – a top, or cropped jacket and a skirt so they can be worn together or as separates.
But the more I look at it, it makes me think that putting scissors and needle and thread to it would be a shame and perhaps the best place for it is in a museum.
What do you think? What would you do?
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