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During my time at the Melbourne Polytechnic in Prahran, I completed this blouse as part of my first major assessment.
Based upon a magazine sketch from the year 1901, the blouse consists of a fitted white cotton lining with sateen stripes, over which is mounted a silver cotton self-stripe shell. The shell features a surplice front with a back closure of black satin-covered buttons. The buttons are held by hand-turned rouleau loops in matching fabric. The unusually-shaped gigot sleeves are gently tapered to just above the elbow, rather than the common "puff shoulder/tight sleeve" common in the period. They are slightly sheer in appearance, and supported by light bridal tulle. They are gathered tightly at the shoulder seam and bound neatly with cotton tape.
The mandarin collar is sealed in the center by a faux-Marcasite brooch. Marcasite was the jewel of choice for Queen Victoria during her extended mourning for her husband Prince Albert, and upon her death experienced a surge in popularity. The addition of it to this blouse helps to cement it firmly in the period of 1901-1903, during which the nation continued to mourn the great queen.
The matching skirt of black cotton sateen features satin ribbon piping and pearl filigree buttons, to match the brooch.
The addition of this skirt was an extra add-on to the project, which I made to help balance out the large upper-body created by the blouse, and keep it from looking too top-heavy.
Edwardian blouse and skirt
c.1900 Ladies' blouse of silver cotton with sateen self-stripe.
Matching cotton sateen skirt - March, 2017