Without the maid accessories like the cap and apron, my Edwardian maid dress also doubles as an Edwardian summer dress. In the Edwardian era, cotton dresses were very popular in summer because they were cool, light and easy to wash.
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‘If we go on the river or to tennis in the sunshine, the woman is not well dressed who wears a ten-guinea tailor-made cloth, however light, but she who is clad in a cotton which has probably cost a few odd shillings’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2).
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‘The blouse is made to slip on over the head and left to pouch slightly all around over the belt’ (description of a 1906 sailor costume for outing wear which can be made in gingham).
Edwardian cotton summer dresses were often worn with straw boater hats. Here’s a 1898 drawing of a lady wearing a yachting dress and boater hat. I trimmed my Edwardian-style boater hat with a strip of the same fabric as the dress.
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‘Many people wear embroidered strips on their plain straw or linen river hats.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2)
I’m wearing my Edwardian summer dress with all necessary Edwardian underwear: chemise, corset, corset cover and stockings. But despite the corset and all the layers of underwear, the cotton dress is quite comfortable and cool to wear.
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