Katrina’s Stunning 1910s Tea Gown

By Jennie Chancey

I loved using the tea gown pattern, and after years of admiring the design, I finally decided to cut it out (using some of my favorite fabrics) when my mother and I were watching “Pride & Prejudice” one afternoon.  The ivory silk shantung had a lovely satin finish on the back which I used on the outside of the dress, and the embroidered tulle has been in my “stash” for some time.  I always knew I wanted to make a gown out of it, and I’m so glad I finally did!
The pattern came together wonderfully, and was very easy to fit with the one-piece bodice.  I am not usually a fan of v-back necklines, but this one was gorgeous!  After inserting tear drop shaped lace appliques into the sleeves, I finished them with scalloped lace trim which was also used to finish the skirt hem.  The center panel of the bodice was decorated with rows of lace puffing and narrow satin ribbon.  As you can see in the photos, I used some of the net overlay to cover the lower portion of the bodice, with the scalloped edge of the netting making an almost sweetheart shaped neckline.
I chose to cut the skirt overlay in one piece (rather than have it split down the center), and for this version I added the polonaise effect in the front rather than the back.  And I really surprised myself by ommitting the rosette (which I am always so fond of!) in favor of a big silk dupioni bow in back.  One of the last additions was the lavender ribbon which I hand pleated around the neckline.  To finish it off, I also added a matching lavender bow at the bottom of the overlay in front.
All in all, it was one of my favorite dresses I’ve ever sewn, and the tea gown pattern is definitely on my “top two favorite” list for Sense & Sensibility patterns!  I have to say that while I just love the Regency pattern, I might even like this one a little bit more with less width in the back, and both the empire waistline and natural waistline defined by the sash.
I was so pleased to wear the dress, (especially in a 1914 Edwardian mansion!), and I think I haven’t had so much fun costume-wise since I was in England!  I’ve written more about my results here.
Have a blessed day!
Katrina
I don’t know about you, but these photos left me all agog and drooling over the keyboard! Katrina has her own pattern business and is an amazing seamstress, as you can see. She does simply incredible work with such beautiful period details. Brava, Katrina! This has to be the most effective use of my 1910s Tea Gown pattern I’ve seen!

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10 Comments on Katrina’s Stunning 1910s Tea Gown

  1. Natalie (aka ZipZip)
    February 5, 2012 at 9:34 am (3 years ago)

    What a lovely impression this dress makes. It’s elegant and very clever in the changes to the pattern.

    Very best,

    Natalie

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  2. Cecilia
    February 14, 2012 at 2:42 am (3 years ago)

    Gorgeous!!! You catched the delicacy of this fashion so well. And you look so period, especially with your lovely hairstyle!

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  3. melinda
    March 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm (3 years ago)

    Wonderful! This is so beautiful and delicate. It makes me sad we do not have beautiful clothes like this.

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  4. Sheri
    March 29, 2012 at 8:25 am (3 years ago)

    Absolutely stunning and elegant. I simply adore this dress! I agree with Melinda. It is indeed sad that we do not wear such lovely clothes or dress with such care. Truly well done, Katrina!

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  5. Mamsell S.
    April 16, 2012 at 9:55 am (3 years ago)

    What an amazing gown! So beautiful and elegant! And I like the surroundings in the pictures as well :)

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  6. Gabrielle l.
    April 30, 2012 at 6:14 pm (3 years ago)

    why dont we have dresses this amazing as common wear today? you and your dress are beautiful.we should bring dresses like this back into style!

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  7. Grace
    October 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm (2 years ago)

    It’s so sad that dresses and gowns have gone out of everyday fashion. Nowadays most people just wear their pajamas or sleazy clothing everywhere. *sigh* I was Definitely born in the wrong era…

    But great job on the gown! I love it. :D

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  8. Marva
    March 14, 2013 at 9:22 am (2 years ago)

    Your dress is elegant and enchanting! Thanks for sharing it!

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  9. Holly
    July 11, 2014 at 8:04 pm (4 months ago)

    Is this worn with a historically correct corset and underwear? It looks somehow more period than most of the other versions people have done of this dress. What is it about it that is more historical?

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    • Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns
      July 11, 2014 at 10:24 pm (4 months ago)

      I’m so glad you liked it, Holly! Well, these pictures were taken about three years ago, so I don’t remember exactly what I wore with the gown. I do know, however, that I did not wear a corset with it. It would have looked better if I had, I’m sure, though! I think I just didn’t have time to get into a corset before dashing off to have pictures taken that morning. ;)

      As for why it might look more period correct the other versions, I’m trying to think of what might be the reason. I did use silk fabric, and that does hang much better than polyester satin and chiffon. ;) Perhaps its also the amount of detail in the bodice with the puffed lace that could give it a more old-fashioned feeling? Or perhaps the lace at the hem and sleeve edge?

      I LOVED using this pattern, and I’m so glad you liked the dress! Jennie’s patterns are the best, and this pattern is possibly my favorite of the S&S designs. :)

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