Superb Mid to Late 1910s Silk Skirt – WWI Era, Armistice
This antique / vintage black silk skirt dates to the early 20th century – about 1915 – 1918, World War I era and the end of the Edwardian era.
Made of silk in two different weaves, the lighter colored portion – has a gray/green tint makes up the largest part of the skirt. At the sides, just below the hips is a black taffeta insertion that is decoratively shirred, giving that wonderful puffed, loose look so much in style as the 1920s began.
The skirt waistband is lined with a sturdy 2 3/8” cotton band that keeps the shape of the waist neat and there are two loops for hanging sewn there. The cotton band fastens with two original hooks and eyes at the left side front. A nice, wide 3 5/8” self-fabric belt is tacked on at the bottom of the waistband and closes at center front with a large black plastic button. Three hooks and eyes on the interior are all present and keep the excess belt fabric neatly in place. The skirt itself fastens at the left side front with 3 snap fasteners and a hook and eye, all original.
The skirt fabric is lightly gathered onto the waistband with the exception of 4 directional knife pleats at center front that have decorative stitching with a heavyweight thread that not only holds the pleat in place, but adds a nice touch to the front. The side taffeta panels are edged with the same thread, in a kind of knotted stitch.
In amazing excellent condition, there are no obvious flaws on this antique skirt. There is a very, very small light spot on the back of the skirt, only mentioned because I really looked this over in disbelief and finally found something! Quite a sturdy and wearable example of 1910s clothing fashion.
As you can see, the waistband is larger than my dress form.
Length: 36 ½” (measured from top of waistband, NOT the belt)
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