Edwardian Summer Dresses

Edwardian dress

 

 

During the Edwardian era, women's dresses were "fluffy" confections of organdy, batiste, dimity or lawn. Each feminine creation was elaborately trimmed with lace, ribbons and tucks. The Ladies Home Journal provided illustrations, patterns and design details for their readers in the summer of 1907. 

 
Edwardian dress

The arrangement of the wide tucks on the bodice and skirt made little trimming necessary for this attractive afternoon costume.  It is made of white lawn with a small yoke of lace and it would be easy to launder. Patterns for the waist came in six sizes: 32 to 42 inches bust measurement. The waist required three yards of 36-inch wide fabric.  Patterns for the seven-gored skirt came in five sizes: ranging from a 22 to 30 inch waist measurement. The skirt required twelve yards of 36-inch wide fabric.

 
Edwardian dress

This fluffy garden party gown of organdy has a yoke and sleeves made of either transparent net or lace. Patterns for the blouse closed at the back, with a choice of a high or low neck and required two yards and three-eighths of 44-inch wide material. Patterns for the seven-gored skirt came in five sizes: 22 to 30 inch waist measurement and required five yards and one-eighth of 44-inch wide fabric.

 

Edwardian dress

 

A charming adaptation for evening wear is this waist or bodice with rows of cream colored Valenciennes lace insertion. The lace is placed in graduated widths and mounted on pale pink mull or batiste. The pattern did not include under-sleeves, so they would be attached separately to a foundation lining. Patterns for this waist came in six sizes: 32 to 42 inch bust measurement and required one yard and three-eighths of 36-inch wide material.

 

Edwardian dress

The back views of the designs above.

 
Edwardian dress

The simple little waist in the costume above is cut all in one piece with the fullness at the neck and sleeves held in place by ribbons that run through casings. Mull or some soft material was chosen.  Patterns for the waist came in six sizes: 32 to 42 inch bust measurement and required 3 yard and seven-eighths of 44-inch wide material. The skirt was formed of three straight sections, and came in four sizes: 22 to 28 inches waist measurement. It required seven yards of 44-inch wide fabric.

 
Edwardian dress

Either dimity or bordered organdy is the perfect material for the costume above, trimmed with a bit of narrow lace and insertion. Patterns for the waist came in six sizes: 32 to 42 inches bust measurement. The waist required three yards of 36-inch wide material.  The skirt had a gathered straight lower part joined to a sectional yoke, and required six yards and seven-eighths of 36-inch wide material.

 
Edwardian dress

The back views of the designs above.