- Written by Sunny Buchler
In our first Teens Double Period Project article, Sunny examines a fashionable striped wool dress from 1909 - 1914 in her collection.
Thank you! With the current interest in Edwardian & 'teens dresses from Downton Abbey, this is very much appreciated being included in YWU. These dresses are a mystery and you've been a big help. I wished there had been a better closeup of the neckline and collar but I can save the larger photo and try blowing it up myself. I love all the details on these. The side part of the skirt looks very odd to my modern eyes but truly says 'teens era.
I love this dress. I was given an old suitcase two years ago and sqashed at the bottom was a blue dress. As I slowly unfolded it and put it on a mannequin, I realised from the shape that it would have to have been worn with some considerable corsetry. Once it was on the mannequin I realised that it was probably a dress for this period.
The waistband on mine is a plain ribbon which unfortunately is disintegrating but the main fabric is a blue pinstripey heavy cotton (I think, not an expert on identifying fabrics). It has a white lace high collar that has some spring like metal binding inside to keep the collar standing.
Whomever wore it was tiny both in height as well as stature but rest assured that it is now wrapped and padded lovingly in acid-free tissue paper and put away to protect what little ribbon there is left on it.
My most precious possession now :-)