vintage english dress

~Lovely Antique English Christening Gown for a Baby Girl ~ This antique Victorian Christening, (dating to between about 1880 to 1910, from England is just exquisite. This dainty and elegant gown has been made of fine cotton batiste. This is a classic example of the Victorian model. In this case the dress has been designed with long panels of 'Broderie Anglaise' down the front terminating in a cascade of five ruffles across the bottom of the skirt. Down the entire front from across the back, over the shoulders and short sleeves, to the hem are traditional ruffles ('robings') of embroidery. The hem is finished all around with rows of tucks. The neckline of this dress is cut low so that it is not tight fitting at the neck. This gown is open all the way down the back and closes at the top with traditional drawstrings. A good seamstress could easily make a petticoat to be worn under this gown. An advantage of the open back is that baby can arrive at the ceremony dressed in the petticoat and then the dress put on at the last minute so that it is beautifully unwrinkled. This fine gown is in excellent antique condition. The fabric is snowy white and it is entirely without stain. There are only a very few tiny pin-dot holes in the skirt and a few small and finely made repairs at the back of the skirt. These tiny flaws are hardly noticable, lost in the folds of the gown, and are part of the history of this antique dress. This gown is, for a Christening gown of around 100 years old and of this fine quality, in exceptionally good condition. It is definitely exceptionally beautiful. The gown measures 38 inches long from shoulder to hem, 20 inches around at the raised waist and 8 inches across at the shoulders These measurements are a bit adjustable because of the drawstring closing. This fine antique English Christening gown will come to you freshly hand-laundered using the finest French non-allergenic soap and will be lightly starched using organic rice starch. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A lovely gown for your baby's Christening and for handing down for generations as a family heirloom. From our FRENCH VINTAGE LINENS AND ANTIQUES shop on ETSY SPRING SALE PRICE !!!$192.50!! ++Ask us about Multiple Payments for this item++ Our Etsy #016 Shipping from France for this item will be $17.50 to anywhere in the world by French Priority Airmail. If you wish to insure your parcel,shipment will be by French Colissimo which includes insurance, a tracking number and delivery on signature for added security. We offer this shipment option at $35.00 which will be less than our actual cost. If prefer this option, please let us know before purchase so we can change the shipping charge. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE ARE SHIPPING FROM FRANCE ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ALSO PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US FOR FURTHER DETAILS OR MORE PHOTOS. Also we have a large stock of French vintage linens, baby clothes, Christening gowns, nightgowns, bed linens, table linens. Ask us if you are looking for something special. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ These are early days for us here on ETSY . Soon we'll have loads more French Vintage and Antique items listed, SO VISIT US OFTEN!