This is a marvelous original tea gown or afternoon dress ca. 1913. My model posed in it for me while we were having tea in the Ritz-Carlton’s sumptuous tea room! This dress features the overskirts that became so popular in the early ‘teens and has wonderful sleeves with cuffs matching the collar. Flowered pink silk [...]
May 2009 archive
This stunning gown was sold on eBay by USVainen, a seller (sadly, retired now) whose knowledge of vintage fashion was astounding and whose descriptions were delightful. This seller graciously agreed to let me share her images and words on my site, and I think you’ll enjoy them as much as I did! The description is [...]
I costumed a new Titanic documentary, titled “Women and Children First,” in April of 1998. Here are two of the extras used in the filming (the one on the left is yours truly, complete with vintage glasses!). The dress on the right is straight out of a 1912 ladies’ catalog and features beautiful draping and [...]
An original pattern for a ladies’ “coat dress,” this is very similar to the “flying” dress worn by Kate Winslet in “Titanic,” only of later vintage (ca. 1918).
Lady Duff Gordon, a Titanic survivor, designed clothing and was the first couturier to use a catwalk for her models! [Note: Several years ago, I added a section devoted to the designs of Lucile, Lady Duff-Gordon.]
The "unsinkable" Molly Brown, who survived the Titanic tragedy. Love the hat!
This pattern is for a "dress protector"–fancy name for an apron. I based my Edwardian Apron pattern on this original.It works beautifully as a jumper over a blouse and petticoat.
Petticoats and corset covers pictured in a 1912 catalog.
Here’s a great ad for corsets from a 1912 catalog. Note the corset on the lower left for nursing moms. These are extremely rare and valuable now.
This is an original ca. 1911-12 afternoon dress from my collection. It was probably a deep lavender originally, but it has faded to a muted violet. I love the lace detailing.