Titanic “Swim” Dresses

By Jennie Chancey


Eileen made this stunning dress in my online Tea Gown class and took the time to make the opening period correct (using hooks and eyes down the front inset and in the waistline seam). The shades of blue are marvelous!


Katie took my online Tea Gown class and made this stunning version of the “swim” dress, beading the edges of the skirt layers with a luminescent fringe. Wow! Kudos to Katie for her fantastic work!


Paul’s mother made the gown, and he shares this story: “I love your web site showing all the great creations that everybody has made,so I though I would send you some photos of my collection. As you can see from my photos I have a ‘Rose’ swim dress,which my mum made for me from the Simplicity pattern. This has been finished off on display with a copy of the Heart of the Ocean necklace. Also in the photo you can see that I have a copy of the second officers uniform which my auntie kindly got for me.” Thank you for sharing, Paul!


My first reaction upon opening the pictures of this gown from Jennifer Laconte was to sit with my mouth hanging open. What a gown! Jennifer has gone all-out for an accurate re-creation, including the hand-dyed edge of the second overskirt layer, the multi-layered sash and the split train in the back. WOW! Writes Jennifer, “This is my sinking dress, made of all silk with dyed edges. It is done in lavender, but my digital camera makes it look blue.” Pat yourself on the back, Jennifer! It’s a knock-out!


Celeste took my online 1910s Tea Gown class and made this absolutely stunning gown. I was completely knocked out by the beauty of the dress and the subtle pastels she chose for her skirt layers. Celeste attended a tea in full regalia, as you can see from the photos at the bottom. Here’s what she writes: “We had our Tea outing yesterday, and I wanted to send some pictures. The first picture is me, right before we left for the tea house. I am, of course, wearing the tea gown, but I am also wearing a hat that a woman in Ohio made for me. She matched the fabric so well! I’m carrying a fan that I had bought a year ago. I hadn’t ever really used it, but got it out for this occasion. I couldn’t believe how nicely it matched too! The second picture is at the tea house. (L to R – Wendy, Debbie, me, and my sister Barbara.) The owners of the tea house were very nice. I think they liked that we wore hats, and my gown certainly attracted attention. It was funny – I really enjoyed the tea and the company, but the time I really felt best was when we were walking down the sidewalk afterwards. Our town is small and retains a lot of its old-fashioned charm. My nervousness about being in charge of the tea was gone, I had had a wonderful time, and the company and conversation were wonderful. But added to those positive feelings as we walked was the sense I had of being a lady from days gone by. I felt……..different! I can’t really describe it. But the whole event will be a treasured memory! ~Celeste” What a Romantic gown and wonderful story! Brava! Brava!


A darling “swim” dress by Jennifer Cech! This one she made for her daughter, who looks adorable in it!


This is Sarah, wearing a version of the “swim” dress for which she designed the pattern! Another seamstress made this breathtaking gown for her from Sarah’s pattern. Just beautiful!!!


This is Jenny-Rose in her golden, glowing “Queen Bee” swim dress! Didn’t she do an absolutely dreamy job of selecting colors, fabrics and embellishments? Get a load of that fabulous beaded motif on the bodice inset! Jenny-Rose used my 1910s Tea Gown pattern and took my online Tea Gown class to make this gown, and she also put up a super website to give you a step-by-step look at how she did it all. A hearty round of applause to Jenny-Rose!


Rosemary made this absolutely beautiful “swim” dress. Lovely work, Rosemary!


Jessica made this lovely version of the “swim” dress and wore it to the prom!


Take a peek at this delightful “swim” dress by Jennifer Cech. Aren’t the details wonderful? You can see more of Jennifer’s lovely work on her site at La Petite Trousseau.


Claudia submitted these photographs of a beautiful blue and white version of the “swim” dress she made. It’s a wonderful creation!


Rachel H. poses in the “swim” dress made for her by Tina Fisher. Bravo!


Lynn Ann’s mother, Dee Ann, made her this “swim dress” for the homecoming dance at her high school, using the Simplicity pattern. Great job!


These pictures come from Lori, who was recently married. Her “Titanic”-themed wedding was created by Tina Fisher, and I want to include all of Lori’s comments about her special gowns. Bravo, Tina!

Jennie,
I contacted you about a year ago about Titanic-themed dresses for my Summer 1999 wedding. You referred me to Tina Fisher, and I just wanted to pass on what a wonderful job she did. My wedding dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses were variations on the Titanic “swimming dress.” I’ve sent some pics to Tina already but since you keep a collection, I thought you might be interested in these incarnations of Titanic dresses that I’ve attached. And again thank you for your reference…. Tina did a beautiful job and worked with me wonderfully to achieve the “look” I was going for at the wedding–that of a slightly formal garden party. The wedding was held on the veranda of an old lodge overlooking a lake. The pictures you see were taken at the wedding site.

The first photo is me in my wedding dress with the train unbustled. The dress skirt layers are a white satin lining and three chiffon overlayers from inside to out of white (unsplit), periwinkle (split), and white (split). The picture doesn’t do justice to the shading effect of the middle periwinkle chiffon layer. The picture is taken at the top of the porch steps overlooking the lake…exactly where the ceremony was held. Beautiful!

Next is my little sister as one of the bridesmaids in her gown with a short bustled train. The dress skirt layers are a periwinkle taffeta lining with an unsplit layer of periwinkle chiffon and a split overskirt of white chiffon.

Finally, this is a candid shot of me and my sister playing around at the reception. I chose this picture because you can see both dresses side-by-side with both dresses bustled (the long sash on the wedding dress is also bustled which is why it looks like a giant bow).

I would also like to thank you for the beautiful job you do in designing dresses and maintaining your website. The lovely images and commentary on your site were instrumental to “designing” the final product for my wedding day. Although I haven’t ordered any of your gowns (yet) I always love to visit your site and look around. Keep up the good work! :)

Lori

Wow! Thank you for sharing, Lori!


Here is Rachel in the “swim” dress made for her by a local seamstress, who used the Simplicity pattern. I love the jewelry Rachel found to go with her gown and the way she did her hair!

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