In a recent post I mentioned that I had a few boxes about, filled with bits, scraps, and bags of things from my late mother's house. This next dress in a bag came from this stash of goodies as well. The dress has recently found a home with a collector who is skilled and dedicated to restoring 1920's dresses. I'm glad it's going to a loving home, and I thought that you might like to see some pictures showing some of the amazing details this little beauty featured.
I present to you, Dress in a Bag 2.0.
The upper body of the dress was shattered - a sadly common weakness of dresses like these. With so much added weight from the beads, a dress like this sitting on a hanger for 60 years or so may very well start to fall apart at the weight-bearing uppers.
Remarkably, after a detailed search, it looked like maybe only 3 or 4 beads in total had gone missing.
This floral motif was amazing - the silk was painted inside the beaded outline.
Luckily, the under-slip was in almost pristine shape; even the snaps were still securely sewing in place at the side.
I think by far though, my favorite detail was the ombre effect of the dye at the petalled hem.