|Again, I had my niece model this dress for me.|
Out of the collection that I acquired from my friend Tamara, this piece, though perhaps not the most beautiful, is one of the most intriguing. Elements of the construction are very interesting, and the fact that it boasts a Third Liberty Loan pin on the belt seems to seal it in time, and raise a lot of questions.
|Selvage and finished seams inside the waist.|
|I love that the print on the belt is larger than the rest of the dress.|
|Look at those stains!|
|I would date the dress as being made around 1914, though it could have been made later as well. The waist & sleeves are very similar to the 1914 pattern below (which you'll recognise from my last post, and which is available from Past Patterns): |
|Dress from 1914|
|Interesting sleeve construction!|
|I love the red buttons! And there's a glimpse of the 3rd Liberty Loan pin.|
The Third Liberty Loan was a liberty bond sold from 5 April 1918. Many of them were sold by Boy and Girl Scouts.
|Examples of Third Liberty Loan posters.|
Filmstars of the time, such as Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks also spent a lot of time promoting and selling war bonds.
|Left to right: Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford & Charlie Chaplin selling war bonds.|
|The waist and skirt are separate, but go together as a dress.|
|A close-up of the Third Liberty Loan button.|