If you haven't slept in a Victorian or Edwardian nightie yet, you're in for a thrill. The quality of antique cotton fabric is like nothing we can buy new anywhere today, no matter how expensive. Its touch makes sleeping in it one of life's loveliest luxuries. Besides all that, these are so romantic. Without going into detail, this sort of gown has done me a lot more good through the years than Frederick's of Hollywood.
The gown is crisp and snowy white, detailed with exquisite pin-tucking and lace (even down the sleeves) and its fasteners are corded loops with mother-of-pearl buttons. If you look for them, you'll find the inevitable old repairs, but they're hard to notice (under the arm, for instance). You might want to replace exhausted elastic at the ruffled wrists, but it isn't really necessary, since the sleeves look fine full at the bottom. It's amazing how well these gowns withstand a century of wear and laundering. BTW, you don't have to obsess with ironing them. They're wonderful when crisply starched and pressed, but you're seeing this one straight out of the washing machine after air-drying on a hanger overnight.
The only crucial points of fit are the shoulders (about 14.5 inches between sleeves) and the bust (about 34-35). Length is 49 inches from just below the neck ruffle to the back hem.
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