This elegant silhouette was selected from a Spring 1916 W & H Walker's ready-to-wear catalogue. The Lily is a three-piece traveling suit. The fabrics used for garments that were intended to be used for this purpose would need to be durable and in colors that would practical for the rather dirty methods of traveling at the time. We have selected wool and silk which are fabrics consistent with what would have been available during this era.
The blouse is a quintessential representation of the mid-1910s blouses. Stitched in black silk georgette, the Lily blouse bodice is made of four pieces. The front has two side panels with a tuck at the waist and front shoulder yokes attached to an inset front panel. The back of the bodice has two tucks. The shawl collar is squared in the front as well as the back. This blouse has three-quarter sleeves and turned up cuffs mirrored in the jacket. The blouse closes with snaps at the side front. While the tucks of the blouse are intended to create a fitted waist, the fit of the blouse should be far from clinging to the body. This is the precurser to the loose fitting garments of the 1920s.
Black silk georgette:
Dry clean only.