I spent some time with my costuming group this past weekend and Lottie, who had recently spent some time in Colonial Williamsburg, brought wonderful gifts! Shirley and I both got some amazing smelling soaps (I can’t decide if I will use it or keep it in mint condition). Then Lottie gave Shirley an antique monogramed hanky and I got a fabulous cabinet card.
Except for the big bow at the back of the neck, I like this outfit. I think the floral bit is supposed to look like a full shirtwaist under a jacket but is probably a fake one.
It reminds me of an Edwardian dress I saw in a house museum this past weekend. It had a similar effect.
Basically, the shoulder detail sewn on top of a fake shirtwaist.
The poor thing is in rough shape-especially the collar- and there are a few mistakes with how it is displayed (sitting in direct sunlight with a 1950’s hat on top). I couldn’t tell without pulling at it if the collar as displayed incorrectly (laying flat on the shoulder instead of wrapped around an imaginary neck) because of incorrect display or because it was in such sad shape. It was light grey silk (Looks like a short man’s tie) and it had started to shatter.
I could see what it was supposed to look like and I think it was quite pretty in it’s day. I like the shades of grey and the layered effect very much.