Vintage Detail: c. 1913 Silk Chiffon Tabard

This silk chiffon tabard dates from the early 'teens when high waistlines and narrow hems were the silhouette. Designed to be worn over a tunic or gown, this very simple sheer shell has bursts of beading on the bodice front, back and skirt hem. The sheer chiffon is bound in black velvet trim around the neckline and along the sides.

The design of this garment is very simple. The bodice front and back are sewn only on the right shoulder, the left shoulder has snaps (seen here with my own pearl head pins to hold it closed). The garment is hooked at each side waistline (see my pins here too). The skirt panels fall without side seams, so they open when walking. I show this tabard over a longer black slip and a white one (both modern) so that the details are be more visible.

The fragile nature of this garment is evident and is typical of gowns from this decade.

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