Catalog : Patterns : Folkwear
Garden Party Dress
Pattern No. 220
Although the fashions of 1910-12 incorporated a new straight, slim silhouette
as a departure from the Edwardian S-curve and full, swishing skirts, there seemed to be a
reluctance to abandon the lovely lacy detailing of that earlier period. Harper's Bazaar,
in the summer of 1912, reffered to an almost exact replica of our original as a "Lingerie Dress",
so called on account of the sheer, white delicacy of fabric and trim.
The bodice of our Garden Party Dress reflects the less constricting tailoring of the post-Edwardian
era. Soft gathers below a square yoke and at the waist provide a comfortable fit. Two wide
flanges emphasize the princess line.These were typically made of lace or eyelet and in View B.
View A is a contemporary interpretation, with a self bias-bound jewel neckline, self-fabric flanges,
and a gathered, mid-calf length dirndl skirt. View B (traditional) has a lowered square neckline. The ankle-length
skirt is darted into the waistline for a very flattering, slimming fit; purchased lace ot eyelet on the flanges,
cuffs, front yoke, and back add elegance and femininity. Both views feature three-quarter length sleeves
eased into wide, below-the-elbow cuffs and a buttoned center back opening.
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