Folkwear - 220 - Garden Party Dress
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The bodice of our Garden Party Dress reflects the less constricting tailoring of the post-Edwardian era. Soft gathers below a square yoke and at the waist provide a comfortable fit. Two wide flanges emphasize the princess line. These were typically made of lace or eyelet as in View B.
View A, our contemporary interpretation, has a self-bias bound jewel neckline, self-fabric flanges, and a gathered mid-calf length dirndl skirt. View, B, the traditional version, has a lowered square neckline. The ankle-length skirt is darted into the waistline for a very flattering, slimming fit; purchased lace or eyelet on the flanges, cuffs, front yoke, and back add elegance and femininity. Both views feature three-quarter length sleeves eased into wide below-the-elbow cuffs and a buttoned center back opening.
The straight cut of the skirt makes this dress a natural for border prints and eyelet.
Suggested Fabrics: Soft, sheer to lightweight fabrics such as cotton batiste, voile, lawn, gauze, or eyelet; rayon challis; silks; wool challis or blends.