Pretty Dress of the Day Challenge:
What drew me to this sharp little number first was the color of the dress and the smart little hat. What kept my interest were all the little details. At first glance, it looks like a light taupe, but is actually a "Fawn tweed checked w/Black" - interesting right? Then the bodice lining is listed as a "Cream Cotton Satin" - really? Satin? I was thinking Sateen in todays fabrics, but in vintage fabrics - Satin to me was always silk. So, again a very interest little detail. But what sold me forever on this beauty were the "Bias cut revers" with a note that the "corners of revers boned" - Wow! I love the attention to detail in vintage clothing construction. In a modern society where we have nothing but "throw away" clothing, seeing something like this vintage dress, so simple and elegant, with such attention to detail never fails to intrigue me, and I hope it does for you as well. Enjoy!
Description: 1893 Two-piece Dress in fawn tweed checked with black. Bodice lined with cream cotton satin. Centre front opening fastened with twenty-one small buttons. Bias cut rever tapering down to centre front. Corners of revers boned. Standing collar fastened with one hook and loop. Long sleeves narrowing from elbow to cuff. Separate skirt lined with brown tabby cotton, opening to right of back, fastening with two hooks and eyes-one clip and eye. One pocket to right of centre back.
Manchester Art Gallery writes:
This outfit is on view in the Gallery of Costume in an exhibition called "A Suit of her Own", focusing on the new avenues available to women in sport, work, and travel from the late nineteenth century to about 1914, and illustrating the range of new garments developed to facilitate these activities, usually by male tailors working with woollen cloth, rather than female dress-makers using lighter fabrics. Four other outfits from the display are shown below, as is the pattern for a woman's jacket of the 1890s (like the brown woollen suit), as well as a Punch cartoon showing a cyclist in a matching tweed suit."