This is Edwardian charm at its best. A composite of several originals, this gown captures the essential elements of Edwardian charm - the high neck, puffed sleeves, nipped-in waist, a sumptuously full sweep of skirt, and as much lacy detail as the eye can behold.
All Views feature bodice and hip yokes that descend into long panels in the front that end at waist and hem. The bodice fullness is softly gathered into the yokes and a full circle skirt falls from the hip. The sleeves, while full and puffed at the cap, are snug-filling below the elbow. The center-back opening may be fastened with hooks and eyes, buttons, or a zipper.
View A is the simple antique design which provides smart contemporary styling. It is unembellished, has a stand-up collar and modern mid-calf hem length.
View B features lace insertion. (Techniques given in Authentic Detailing inside pattern). The collar is made entirely of lace. A deep flounce creates a floor-length hem, and yards and yards of easy-to-sew lace insertion on yokes, sleeves, and skirt are perfect for bride and bridesmaid alike, as well as afternoon tea gowns.
View C is the piece de la resistance, with all the features of View B, plus additional lace insertion on sleeves, skirt, and flounce. The crowning touch is another technique given in Authentic Detailing inside pattern - a myriad of tiny pin tucks on bodice and hip yokes. A lovely twelve-inch train completes the gown. The great variety of fine detail makes this a gown worthy of heirloom status, yet is entirely machine-sewn.
The original gowns were always made of very sheer white cotton, so if you are planning an authentic ensemble, you will want to make the 203 Edwardian Underthings and/or the 226 Princess Slip.
Suggested fabrics: Light to medium-weight cotton or blends such as batiste, lawn, voile, or broadcloth; handkerchief linen; silk broadcloth or crepe de chine; satin; taffeta. Original garments were made of cotton batiste. Simplified version can also be made from rayon or wool challis. Stripes, plaids, one-way prints, or diagonals are not suitable.
This pattern is available as a paper pattern or PDF pattern. This is the PDF version (for the Paper patter, go here). Choose which option you want from the drop down menu. The PDF pattern will be available to download after checkout. The PDF file includes: a tiled print at home file (65 pages), files for copyshops (A0 paper and 36" wide paper), sewing instructions, and authentic detailing.
There is a detailed blog post showing how to do the lace inserts right here. Read it, it's illuminating!