King Edward was the leader of a fashionable elite whose style was influenced by the art and fashions of Continental Europe. The fashion is characterized by a rich and exotic opulence in the first half of the decade 1910 to 1919 in contrast with the somber practicality of garments worn during the Great War.
One of the most influential designers of the time was a French designer, Jacque Doucet. Pastel colors and elaborate gossamery dresses with fluid lines and flimsy diaphanous materials were a trademark of the House of Doucet.
The pattern view is deceptively simple, but the actual construction is not. A boned corset bodice is first made with hook and eye closures. The basic skirt is a simple construction, however.
|Corset bodice with straps and planned trim.|
|Skirt with simple overlap opening which will be closed with snaps.|
|The skirt will eventually attach to the corset bodice above the waistline.|
|The underskirt with small train.|
|The overbodice with sleeves attached.|
|The back of the overbodice overlaps for closure.|
|The silk overskirt pieces cut and ready to be attached.|
|The silk overbodice is attached to a waistband. Then the skirt, overskirt and sheer overskirt are attached to the waistband. The entire piece is then attached above the waistline to the corset bodice.|
|I sew bias tape or strips of hem lace to the edges of the sleeves and overskirt for a solid foundation for the beaded trim.|
|Using a beaded belt I had in my stash, I add a beaded applique and lace tails.|
|I hand sew the beaded trim to the edges of the overskirt and bodice sleeves and add a beaded applique to the lower center of the skirt.|
But my excitement is a bit clouded by a bee sting in the Biltmore Gardens in the afternoon which leaves me feeling a bit off in the evening and the gown reveals the red streaks across my back as my body reacts to the sting. But I manage to finish the banquet favors to be placed at the 30 seats for the dinner and make my way to the lobby for our shuttle to take us to The Winery.
|Randi, me, and Lonna ready for a fabulous dinner! Not a very vintage basket, is it?|