21 November 2008 @ 09:52 pm
I was going through my 1920s costume bookmarks to find something for a post in [ profile] steamfashion and I ran across something I had forgotten I bookmarked.

Prepare yourself for gasping, folks.


Seriously. Is that not gorgeous?

The text says it's beaded netting, but the pictures show pretty clearly that it's not netting. It's some sort of coarse cotton or loosely woven cotton gauze stuff. AND IT'S GORGEOUS. Wow. I think my costume to-do list for Costume Con might just have gotten bigger. Except for that part where I have the opposite of a 1920s figure. I don't think I can squash any part of my body enough for that silhouette.

Now, this one might be a better silhouette for me. I would also like to point out that the measurements on that extant item are very close to my own. Very close. Like, it would gap across the chest, but it would be really big at the waist. Never mind, I checked the measurements again, and apparently the waist is 40 inches, not 50 as I previously thought. Ten inches over the actual waist measurement isn't too weird for a 1920s dress.

I also keep finding things bookmarked like this cracked out hat. Why the hell did I bookmark that? Was there a point at which I said to myself, "Oh, that is so pretty, self! You would be the prettiest acid flashback ever in that hat!" And this. Was I on an ugly flowers kick or something?

ETA: Speaking of a good shape for curvy girls: Early 1920s wrap dress. How cute is that?
Current Music: Dani California -- Vitamin String Quartet
29 May 2008 @ 09:27 pm
Not all of these may be tea dresses, but they are breezy, summery styles. Also, not all of them may be 1920s styles. So, um, look at this cool stuff I found on the internet!

Note to self: Find 1920s icon.

I tried to sort these into three separate groups: pre-1920 styles, 1920s styles, and post-1920s styles. So if something is labeled as "late '20s, early '30s" but fits more in 1930s styles, I put it in "1930 and later", even though there's the possibility it's actually from the '20s.

Pastel Embroidered Arts & Crafts Dress, c. 1913
Three Summer Tea Gowns, c. 1900-1915 -- The Greek key embroidery is really nice, I think.
Embroidered Edwardian Tea Gown
Irish Crochet Tea Gown, c. 1915-1930 -- The 1930 end of the date spectrum really surprised me. It seems way too late, no?
Lace Summer Tea Gown, ca. 1905
Princess Lace Tea Dress, ca. 1910

1925 Day Dress (I don't know where I got these images., maybe?)
1925 (Evening?) Dress
1925 Peasant Style Dress, Front and Back
Dark Blue Beaded Peasant-Style Dress -- There are more pictures of this in the album. I like this a lot.
Embroidered Cotton Tulle Tea Dress -- Needle-run embroidery, with a filet lace waistband. (I actually think this shape would be fairly flattering on me; the waist isn't all that dropped and full skirts balance me out.)
Embroidered Cotton Voile Dress -- It has a filet lace-trimmed sailor collar and those full peasant sleeves. It's actually kind of ugly.
c. 1923 Embroidered and Appliqué Tea Dress -- I think this is really pretty, and there's another one just like it the Vintage Textile Gallery with black silk appliqués.
c. 1925 Hand-embroidered Tea Dress
c. 1924 Beaded Cotton Voile Dress -- I lurve this. Such a simple silhouette with beautiful beading. And if my boobs were just a little smaller, I could wear it.
Hand-embroidered Lace Tea Dress
1928 Summer Afternoon Dress -- This is fun! She's also wearing black shoes with it, which makes me think about my black character shoes. Maybe I won't have to buy white shoes, then.
c. 1922 Embroidered Silk Dress with Handmade Lace Inserts -- I think this looks kind of bizarre.
c. 1925 Flapper Dress -- Hand-embroidered with handmade filet lace insets.

1930 and later
c. 1930 Embroidered Peasant-style gown
Embroidered White Lawn Dress, ca. 1910 and 1930 -- A dress from ca. 1910 remade in the 1930s.
1930s Armenian Embroidered Peasant Blouse -- Counted cross stitch
30 March 2008 @ 08:56 am
Check out this piece of powerful prettiness on Antique Dress. It's a wedding dress from 1875, and it's in near mint condition. The bustle has those weird stacked pleats, which have always baffled me. I find the neckline enchanting, and the lace-up back is a fastening I've never seen before on a high-necked bodice like this. I even like the fringe on the skirt drape, and I kind of hate fringe on Victorian dresses.

It has seduced me. *gaspshockhorror* Yes, pretty dress, I am under your spell, and shall file you away for future reference.

I am also very much in love with this dress from the 1960s and this Irish lace crochet dress, ca. 1908. The construction on the crochet dress is really interesting, because it looks like the leaf/vine motif was used to establish a princess dress seamlines on the front and back. It also looks like the yoke was worked as a circle. Hmm, interesting.
Current Music: O' William, O' Sarah -- White Whale
I may have to retract previous statements about the 1840s being too silly to believe. Considering the recent Tasha Tudor auction at Whitaker Auctions, there may be a sea change coming.

What did I find enchanting? Oh, many things. In order of amazingness:

1840s Green Changeant Silk Dress: Hello, pretty! It might just be the fabric, but I don't think so. That's incredibly charming all on it's own. [ profile] koshka_the_cat is right -- those tassels would be so much fun at a dinner party. "I beg your pardon, but your tassel is in my soup."

Mustard Yellow Pinstripe Day Dress: It's so yellow and frilly! Very easy to see myself flouncing around in it.

These work dresses: Not much wow factor, but really interesting, nonetheless. The non-matching fabrics in the skirts are especially interesting.

Printed and quilted petticoat: The print is so beautiful.

Floral Print Gown: The print is beautiful, and I'm really drawn to the sleeves. They remind me of goldfish, but in a good way.

Pewter gray silk dress: I'm finding the ruching incredibly attractive on the bodice. Pair it with a silly little bonnet -- yum.

And it's all from the 1840s. How strange is that?

P.S. Many thanks to the respondents of the "Name that zit!" questionnaire. Honorable mention goes to [ profile] aesiron for his write-in response of "Mort." The winner, however, was Beezlebub, with 37.5% of the vote. I went the chemical warfare route, and used hot compresses for two nights, and then blasted it with Advantage from Clean & Clear. The ol' salicylic acid banished the helldemon (away from my hellmouth, harharhar) in two nights. Current status: Clear. Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to sing "Hey There, Delilah" at it like [ profile] ladykalessia suggested, though I'll keep that in mind for next time.
Current Music: Heaven on Their Minds -- Jesus Christ Superstar
21 February 2007 @ 08:17 pm
I just found an auction site that I've never seen before, and there are some amazing outfits on there. I've arranged a list of one gallery in chronological order of amazingness. The framed site with navigation menu is here. More here.

EDIT: Ha-ha! I was looking at a gallery for a auction and look what I found. That's right -- a magenta silk hoop dress with black accents. Who has a magenta silk hoop dress with black accents? This lady right here. Recreating history without a clue, that's me. There's some amazing Victorian stuff in that gallery starting on page 3.

18th Century, Pre-19th Century
Embroidered mens suit
Ladies' leather shoes, 1790s
Silk brocade bodice, late 18th century -- Would be worn over a stomacher. I think the mannequin is a little big for it.
French figured silk jacket bodice, late 18th century -- Interesting piecing at top front center, and two colors of binding for bottom edge.

Silk and net ballgown 1815 with the weirdest embroidery I have ever seen.
1790-1810 linen corset -- Looks like it might be for larger busts.
Small child's striped cotton gown, 1820 -- Check out those sleeves. Too cute.
Gold silk dress and pelerine, 1820s -- Check out the detail shots on this. It is very restrained -- not a puffball in sight.
French printed cotton spencer -- I'm kind of in love with this, and not just for the lining fabric.
French wool spencer, 1820s -- Very interesting and strangely modern. Embroidered. Contrast thread shirring.

1850s "wedding" dress -- I don't know the provenance, but I wouldn't be surprised if this was a summer dress instead.
Tan silk brocade day/evening gown, late decade -- The pagoda sleeves and bertha come off to turn it into an evening gown.
Blue figured silk ball gown -- Labelled as mid-century, so I'm popping it in the 1850s. Has matching day bodice for which the sleeves are missing. I'm kind of in love with this, too.

Tan five-piece silk French outfit/gown -- Gorgeous waist with enormous butt bow on this one.
Paris Yellow Silk Promenade Gown, 1868
Striped silk day dress -- The flounces are charming, and the Swiss waist has the best tabbed peplum.

AMAZING red plaid dress, 1871
Nauseatingly bright purple reception gown -- Really, guys, who says the Victorians wore dark colors all the time? This will cause epileptic seizures.

English printed silk evening dress, 1885 -- I can honestly say that I have never seen a bustle dress that looks quite like this. I'm not sure if I like it or not, but it's definitely unique.

Printed cotton corset -- I've never seen a corset in printed cotton before, but I want one now.

Olive drab chiffon teagown -- Wow. Understated and over the top all at once.
Lilac teagown. 1905 -- The bow detail in the front is absolutely lovely.

Hobble-style teagown

Gold lame and lace flapper dress
Gold and silver beaded dress -- Covered in what appears to be a sperm motif.
Beaded silk dress -- The neckline on this is wonderful. The faux lacing -- so much fun.

There's a lot more mid-20th century stuff and textiles there, so it's worth clicking through the whole gallery. The different kinds of lace are especially nice.
Current Music: Lullabye -- Ben Folds Five