>Silk and Lingerie Frocks, 1911


I’m amongst those in a flurry of inspiration due largely in part to the series Downton Abbey and it’s glorious costumes.  It doesn’t take much to make me go on an Edwardian kick, though.
I thought you’d enjoy these lovely images also from the 1911 Gimbel Bros catalog from which I shared the hat and millinery trimmings a few days ago.  I have a fondness for Edwardian whites or lingerie dresses- all lovely and semi sheer of the most delicate cottons, often with lace insertion and/or embroidery.  Lingerie dresses weren’t lingerie at all, but delicate and lightweight dresses of somewhat sheer fabrics worn in spring and summer.  They were sometimes made of silk or even net, but were most often made of semi sheer cottons, and were most often white.  In fact, Adeline’s Attic has a rather smashing example of a white cotton dress with gorgeous embroidery at the moment!

I’m rather excited because our to-do list is getting caught up, which means I can devote a little time to my Edwardian project this evening- even if it’s just cutting and marking a muslin.  I’m going to be making up this Sailor dress pattern from Past Patterns in white from a linen blend with black accents.  Isn’t it cute?  Since it will probably take me a while I’ll try to update the blog with progress :)

Hope your week is going great!

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