Look left for a new Ideas Column featuring lots of contemporary embroidery, cross-stitching and other thread-related products. We love suggestions, so send them on over if you have any! The above are from Emma Smart’s great Greetings series.
Wedding dress 1872-74 The bodice front and polonaise overskirt are trimmed with silk satin ribbon bows. Belt sash of silk satin lined with cream silk, and with a fastening centre front camouflaged with a satin bow. Large silk gauze and net lace bow supported with a stiff cotton gauze interlining and attached to the back of the belt. Accompanied by a matching striped silk gauze cape and separate collar, and a fragment of silk gauze.
(ca. 1908) This pink linen dress bears no makers label, but is likely to be made by a high end dressmaker of the sort employed for less important and less costly gowns. The centre front of the skirt is cut on the cross, giving a graceful hang to the fabric and the dress is trimmed with cotton braid and embroidered striped net. The gilet front adds to the fashionable pouched bodice shape of the Edwardian silhouette. A relatively understated garment, it was probably worn for summer activities.