This title page from a July 1900 fashion magazine features a ladies’ fancy Eton waist. The page includes the name, date, volume, and number of the magazine. An illustration of a Victorian lady modelling the Fancy Eton waist is also included on the page. The lady is wearing a large decorated hat and holding a small bouquet of flowers in her left hand. In her right hand she is holding a plaid umbrella, that is open and positioned behind her head and upper back. On each side of the lady is a cropped illustration of several umbrellas in a variety of beautiful designs. A description below the combined illustrations states that this is Figure No. 26 T., referred to as a Ladies’ Fancy Eton Waist.
Here is a cleaner black and white version of the antique fashion title page.
The description from the magazine for this July 1900 ladies’ fashion feature is as follows:
“FIGURE No. 26 T. – This illustrates a Ladies’ waist. The pattern, which is No. 4158 and costs 10d. or 20 cents, is in six sizes for ladies from thirty to forty inches, bust measures and is again shown on page 31.
Originality is the striking characteristic of the waist portrayed at this figure. The materials combined in the present development are gray taffeta, white crepe de Chine, heliptrope and gray panne, with bands of polka-dotted silk for decoration. The waist is exceptionally stylish and introduces novelties in the blouse vest, which is extended to lap over the standing collar, and the fancy Eton jacket. The fullness in the blouse vest is taken up to yoke depth at the top in small tucks that radiate toward the bottom. This vest is revealed in yoke effect at the back by the Eton which has ornamental vest-portions that are of different widths and pointed at the lower front corners. The fancy collar is made of the gray taffeta tucked, and the fronts and back of the Eton are distinguished by groups of lengthwise tucks. The sleeves are fancifully shaped at the wrists, and the wide, plaited belt is formed in a loop at the overlapping end.
An effective waist could be developed in this style in satin Liberty or crepe de Chine combined with spangled net and satin and ornamented with passementerie. Vailing, cashmere, etc., could also be pleasingly combined with silk mull, all-over lace or silk, with applique lace or bands of panne for decoration. The waist may be developed in plain cloth of any preferred shade, with the blouse vest of tucked taffeta, the ornamental vest-portions of panne and the fancy collar of all-over lace.”
The illustration of Pattern No. 4158 from the July 1900 ladies’ fashion magazine features a front and back sketch of a ladies’ basque-waist with a blouse vest tucked in yoke outline, and a tucked fancy Eton jacket, the collar of which may be omitted.
Here is a cleaner black and white version of the Pattern No. 4158 illustration.
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New in my Etsy shop this week is a digital collection of vintage ephemera, including: a pie bakery invoice, soda fountain coupons, and a French café advertising card. Individual files of each image on the page is included in the listing.
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