Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Clara's 1901 Dropped Waist Dress

This week, Clara has a beautiful dress from 1901. This dress reminds me of the gorgeous fashions that Pollyanna wears in the movie, and those were quite amazing. Maybe I'll have to do some real Pollyanna dresses sometime.

Clara's dress has a lot of little details that I like. The shape of the yoke is more complex than many other dresses I have seen, with stepped trim around the edge. The sleeves have a nice flared sleeve over the puffy blouse. These smaller details give the outfit a lot of class and style. The dropped waist dress was a popular style in about 1901, and this dress is a little reminiscent of the sailor-style dresses that were starting to become popular (like this one here).

Once again, this dress is the short length that was proper for a young girl. In the early 1900s, girls would not wear floor length dresses until they were older. It's not until a couple of decades later that proper ladies could wear a short dress.

The original dress was a dark blue with a white lace yoke and white under-sleeves. The original boots are brown leather. The original hat was a golden straw with a white ribbon.

Popular colors for 1900-1910? Mostly white and pastels were popular. Evening gowns would have bright jewel tones, but day wear was more muted. Here are some colors found in clothing from about 1900:

To print Clara's dress, use this PDF file:
Clara's Dress 23 (909k)

Clara is a free, printable paper doll. Clara will continue to be available on this blog as long as I post new fashion pages for her. You can read the introduction for the Clara paper doll here.

To print the Clara paper doll, use this PDF file:
The Clara Paper Doll (745k)

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