The images on this page are pulled from my collection (except where noted) of early 1900-1919 vintage patterns, catalogues and photos. I do love to draw inspiration for my designs from the real things. Click on the thumbnails to view the full-sized images. (Note: The images are in order by date, so scroll the whole page to find new images in each section.)

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Early 1900's BlousesIllustration of blouses from a 1904 fashion circular. Scrumptious!

A "bolero" dress from the same 1904 fashion cicular.Bolero Dress

This is a ca. 1904 pattern for a dressing sack or bedjacket for young ladies. This is what a lady would pull on in the morning while she was doing her hair or eating breakfast (if she didn't wear a breakfast gown).

Here are several girls' day dresses from the 1904 fashion circular. You can see how they parallel what was available for women--just with shorter skirts. At this early date, the leg o'mutton sleeve was still hanging on from the 1890s, but mainly for younger girls.

Corset Cover PatternA pattern for a corset cover and bloomers (or slip) combination with drawstring waist. Would work well as a half-slip, particularly for Winter.

"Combination" drawers for a young girl, circa 1904.Drawers Pattern

Worth Ballgown

This is an absolutely incredible piece of work by Frederick Worth. His ballgowns are the ultimate in style, detail and fit. This is a pre-1905 evening gown with layer upon layer of rich fabrics, trims and floral accents. Definitely drool-worthy!

This is a scrumptious 1904 wedding gown which belonged to the great-grandmother of one of my customers. It is made entirely of Brussels lace. On the left is the gown on the mannequin. In the center is the bride wearing the gown. On the right is the bride with her matron of honor (whose "Titanic"-style dress I made). Wouldn't you have given your right arm to see the wedding gown up close? Heavenly!

A portrait by John Singer Sargent of Mrs. Fiske-Warren and her daughter. I love the look of this early 1900s tea gown with its pigeon bust and lavish skirt. I just wish Sargent had given us some more details of this heavenly dress!

I always enjoy finding pictures of friends together. This is one of my favorites. I only wish it was a little clearer and that it had not been creased. Such a neat shot of two girls who obviously enjoy spending time together. The one on the right has a pretty parasol, and notice the button detailing on her skirt.

These three ladies are from the Eaton side of my family, so they are distant cousins or aunts.
This photo was taken between 1900 and 1905.

Here are two illustrations from a 1902 edition of An Old Sweetheart of Mine by James Whitcomb Riley. The illustrator was the renowned Howard Chandler Christy, who was famous for his magazine covers at the turn of the century.

This heavenly Edwardian lingerie dress was sold on eBay by USVainen, a seller whose knowledge of vintage fashion is astounding and whose descriptions are delightful. This seller has graciously agreed to let me share her images and words on my site, and I think you'll enjoy them as much as I have! Check other sections on the page for more from USVainen.

Dreamy Edwardian White Tea Dress. This is a very nice and pristine white Edwardian fine lawn and lace Tea Dress from approximately 1905. The dress has dramatic lace inserts and contrasting linen panels at its pigeon-chested front and more lace panels in the back, on the sleeves, and at the hem. Edwardian Tea Gowns served a special function in Edwardian society - they were to be worn with a small gathering in the morning room (solarium) or on the porch of a summer day (or at a picnic on the front lawn) and were designed specifically "display a woman's femininity, charm, and grace" (from a 1905 Ladies Home Journal article). It should be obvious that this gown is one of the better quality tea dresses to survive to this day. Tea gowns were a staple in most women's attire (much as a business suit can be found in nearly every modern woman's closet - and obtaining gossip over tea was definitely "business" to the Edwardian woman) and the intricacy of the paneling and the cut determined the societal status of the ladies in the group. In nearly all instances, these dresses should be worn with a colorful ribbon at the waist.

Here is another gorgeous Edwardian dress sold on eBay by USVainen.

1907 Near-Perfect Princess-Style Promenade Gown: In the middle of Spring in 1907, Paris design houses were further streamlining fashions so that the lines of the dresses were fluid from shoulder to hem. Tightly cinched waistbands from the first part of the decade had been discarded in favour of princess and empire-style lines. In the colder months, bolero jackets were worn over the princess gown and hung becomingly loose from the tightly-corseted waist. In the summer, white and airy promenade dresses featured narrow, unbelted waists with skirts that fell gracefully along the soft contours of the Gibson Girl's figure. It can be said that the Edwardians loved the female body -- and this was never more evident than in the fluid vertical curves in 1907 fashions. The Spring 1907 Delineator described the princess-style gowns as "perfect for the every day gown." It should be noted that by 1900, style changes occurred relatively rapidly, owing in part to the speed with which the new fashion industry produced and promoted new styles in magazines such as the Delineator. This dress is a great example of an elaborate and hand-detailed dress for the discerning Edwardian woman. It features a complete set of 11 matching mother-of-pearl shell buttons with intricately hand-sewn button holes. Lace panels form decorative Edwardian geometric patterns and this dress features the Edwardian emphasized square neckline. The princess waistline is gently tucked to ensure that perfect Gibson Girl fit, and the shoulders are decorated with lacy caps. The skirt is enhanced with matching horizontal bands as well as the geometric patterns of lace. In all, a wonderful example of a Gibson Girl flowing princess-style promenade gown.

This is the cover and one page from a 1908 Standard Fashion newspaper insert. The "pouter pigeon" bosom silhouette was on its way out by this time, but the "S" curve figure still held on for several more years.

Circa 1908 photo of a young lady with a beautiful lace collar over her dress.Lace Collar Dress

Here is a ca. 1908 pattern for girls' pleated dresses. These look almost like school uniforms with their sharp pleats, middy collars and other military details.

SistersA cute 1908-9 photograph four sisters from Winchester, Virginia.

These four illustrations are from a fashion preview pamphlet of 1908. The accompanying text details the fabrics and trims used for the waists, gown and accessories portrayed. Note the hairstyles hinted at in the illustration of collars and necklaces.

Circa 1908-1910 photo of four friends in white.Four Friends

Girl with TreeThis gal is also pictured in the photo above on the far left. Here she is standing next to a tree.

This is a pattern for a May Manton nine-gore skirt. Perfect to pair with a walking jacket for an afternoon's stroll!

This beautiful formal gown was sold on eBay by USVainen, a seller whose knowledge of vintage fashion is astounding and whose descriptions are delightful. This seller has graciously agreed to let me share her images and words on my site, and I think you'll enjoy them as much as I have! The decriptions are detailed, so to read them in their entirety, you'll need to click on the links at the end of each opening remark. Well worth the reading! Check other sections on the page for more from USVainen.

1909 Edwardian Patterned Silk Ball Gown. This is a lovely Edwardian patterned whisper-thin soft silk with a Lily of the Valley motif in soft white from around 1909. This is a formal gown meant to be worn when dignitaries or other important guests were visiting - or as an elegant opera or formal dance gown. Click here to continue the description!

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