1910s-1920s Clothing

Edwardian dressing gown black silk Chantilly lace XS-S

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Size: approx. XS-S
The bust, waist and hip measurements are all quite full and will not significantly affect the garment’s size, as the shape of this dressing gown is loose and flowing. If it fits you at the neck/collar and at the shoulders, it should easily fit elsewhere.
Neck (with hooks at present location): 13” around
Shoulder seam-to-seam: flat measurement across back is 17”. Designed to fit loosely. Best for shoulder-to-shoulder width of up to approx. 14" or smaller--possibly up to maximum 15”, with some care taken when wearing.
Bust, waist and hip measurements have been taken with the garment lying flat, but not with all of the gathers/fullness pulled completely flat.
Bust (measured side seam to side seam across front chest/at underarm): 45” flat
Waist: 50” flat
Hip: 60” flat Length: 56”
Sleeve length: 23” (including 3” of lace trim)
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Let me start by saying that this might be my favorite find, of all the vintage clothing I have sold over the last 20+ years--it is BEAUTIFUL! This Edwardian dressing gown dates to circa 1903-1907. It is made of semi-sheer, very lightweight black silk in a plain weave, trimmed lavishly with machine-made, black Chantilly lace. The glorious capelet- or portrait-style collar that overlaps the shoulders, as well as the flared, bell sleeves, and the hem, all have bands of lace inserted in narrow rows. The high, tight-fitting collar encircling the neck is boned in back only, and fastens in back with 3 sets of hooks and eyes. The dressing gown opens all the way down the front, with 3 hooks on the bodice, and 2 ribbon ties below. The front opening of the peignoir, as well as the edges of the draped collar and cuffs, all have 3-inch wide Chantilly lace edging. This wide lace trim is ruched along both sides of the center opening, to create a ruffled appearance. The peignoir is very good condition—especially given that it is well over 100 years old, and made of materials which are fragile by nature. We have tried to clearly photograph the issues with this antique dressing gown, the most significant and noticeable of which is an area several inches wide near the back right side hem where the one of the bands of inset lace has torn and separated from the silk fabric. A few minor issues, unlikely to be noticed or to affect the wearability of the dressing gown, include: two tiny, rust-colored spots (one near a side seam and one at the back left side of the hem), and some tiny pinholes in the high collar (possibly from a brooch). Since the fine silk fabric and lace are very delicate by their nature, we would recommend this antique garment for only careful wear, or for display/study. In other words, if you choose to wear this elegant Edwardian dressing gown often, it will certainly not last forever; if you preserve and display it carefully, it will be lovely for longer!

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