Somewhere in Time, Unlimited

"Four Seasons of Fashions"
May 18, 2014


Miss Julie and Mr. Terry have been long time historical costumers and collectors of historical clothing.

On this day, they shared a glimpse into this collection with the members of Somewhere in Time, Unlimited.

Many members were fortunate enough to make
the journey to the gathering to view, first-hand,
a wide variety of very high quality garments

In the collection, one can view
garments for gentlemen as well as ladies.
What is also special, is the range of
color tones in the collection - the
couple did not choose only colors and
fabrics which suited them personally,
but garments reflecting a range
of style, color, and
intricacy of detail.

In this image above, one can easily
recognize the 3 eras which are represented.

To the right, a pretty Laura Ashley frock
with flowers sprinkled throughout
makes for a wonderful dress for
a garden party!

The following descriptions of the garments
were provided  by Miss Julie.

A gossamer 1980's ball gown is the color
of spring lilacs.  The under layer of the two piece
gown is silk satin and the top layer is sheer
silk chiffon with a dot and stripe pattern.

The town has a moderately full gored skirt.
The puff-sleeve bodice is trimmed with
pleating and beaded lace.
It has a hook and eye center back closing.


A circa 1901-1904 afternoon gown is made from a pink and white silk
floral print trimmed with green velvet ribbon.  The skirt has
flat pleats in front, chevron pleats on sides, and back and a flounce at the skirt bottom.

The bodice features a high neck, tucked yoke with smocking, and a
typical "pigeon front" silhouette of the period.
The sleeves are full to the mid-forearm with long tight cuffs.

An early 1940's evening gown for a
mature woman, has a draped floor-length
skirt of lavender and blue silk with blue lace.

The bodice is styled with a V neck,
smocked shoulders and long sleeves.
The bodice and upper sleeves are decorated
with silver beading on and around cut-out
sections.  A choice of nude, silver, blue
or lavender slips could have been worn
underneath to create different effects.

A teal pinstripe wool
three-piece suit is dated
July 1940.

It retains the trim,
closely tailored look
favored in the 1930's.

A circa 1960-62 slim sheath formal gown is similar to the styles
Jackie Kennedy favored.  It's made in a beautiful
cherry blossom acetate, silk brocade in pale pink and gold.
The sleeveless, scoop neck bodice with bust pleats
has a wide bow at the Empire height.
The summer section of the display began with a Palm Beach label,
white linen suit, the standard for elegance for the fashionable gentleman from
the 1890's to the 1930's.  The most typical "sporty" summer
suit of this label has a stitched-in back belt and pleats.
An 1890's-1910's "casual" summer shirt has a narrow band
for attaching a stiff collar and requires cuff links.

This is an example of the beautiful cotton shirting weaves available.

Part of the Summer section of the exhibit.

A mis-1920's lined silk chiffon afternoon dress
has straight torso styling with a
set-in band at the hips and a short, flared skirt.

Close-up shows the lovely pink and teal
peony print and short flutter sleeves.

Circa 1928-29 taupe silk evening ensemble has a lace bodice, a gusseted skirt
with uneven hemline, and a coordinating cover-up jacket with flared,
fur-trimmed sleeves.  Close-up shows the exquisite multi-colored
ribbon work flowers and fabric covered buttons.
Circa 1930-31 floor length evening gown of silk chiffon
in a summery blue, aqua and gold.

The gown features shirring at the hips with draped ruffles.

This ivory batiste, linen and silk lace summer
afternoon gown is embellished
with embroidered cut work and crochet buttons.

The softly fitted bodice has a v-neck filled in with
a sheer, high neck modesty panel and elbow
length sleeves. 

This garment came with a typed note:
"Grandmother's home made 1912 wedding dress"
and was the overall favorite dress in the exhibit.
The skirt follows the newly fashionable tubular shape that became popular in 1910-12.
The bottom is especially interesting.  The bottom is especially interesting.

Double layer skirts did not come into fashion until 1913-14.
This one appears to have two layers, but it is an illusion - the top layer is
sewn to the bottom, which is just a short panel underneath.

Guests are taking a peek at the back.
Miss Joan & Miss Pamela.

Guests enjoyed posing with Mr. Terry's mantle.
Miss Melody and Miss Pamela. 

The artistry of Mr. Terry's woodwork commanded almost as
much time and attention as the fashion display.

(l-R) Mr. Terry, Mr. Paul, Miss Melody, Mr. Larry.

Part of the Autumn display.

An 1840's cotton day dress with a
lovely leaf print is completely hand sewn!

Typical design features of the era include
high round neck, soft fan folds
gathered into a V-waist, long sleeves
set into off-the-shoulder seams with
two small ruffles and fullness beneath
and the tiniest piping imaginable.

Circa 1879-81 two piece afternoon gown with
natural form bodice and draped skirt.

The gown in constructed of matching chocolate
brown plain and brocade satin.

Typical of the period, the
complex, layered skirt is
ruched, draped,
pleated and trimmed
with fringe!


Circa 1890-01 copper color satin two piece
 afternoon gown
has the newly popular five gored skirt.

The bodice is tightly fitted and the sleeves still
narrow, not having evolved to the great puff
associated with the mid-1890's.
The gown is trimmed with velvet ribbon and buttons.
Circa 1911-13 brown cotton wide-wale
corduroy two piece walking suit
has a fitted, hip length
jacket and slim skirt.

The design achieves the
popular asymmetrical look.

A guest who shared her vintage tea gown by
wearing it, examines the
fine details of the display gown.


The gown features double sleeves, a double criss-cross
bodice, cumberband, and hip panels.  It's lavishly
trimmed with narrow soutache braid and
tiny crochet buttons.

An early 1940's party dress of forest green silk velvet
has a V neckline with small collar, center front
gathered bodice and elbow length sleeves.

The net bodice sides and sleeves
are lavishly trimmed with
narrow soutache braid.
If guests wanted to wear
vintage clothing or costume,
an ensemble representing
a season was suggested.

Miss Julies wore a pink,
early 1940's
spring or summer
cocktail dress.

Miss Julie used the colors blooming in their Pacific Northwest garden -
pink, lavender, yellow, orange and white - as the
inspiration for the food colors she chose
for the tea table.

Mr. Terry really does an amazing job of maintaining
an extensive and beautiful garden!

Thank you for visiting our website.  We hope you enjoyed
Miss Julie's photos and could feel the fun and excitement we
experienced at this gathering.

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please visit our Homepage.  There, you will find additional images,
details about upcoming events, our educational wing (SITU-University)
which teaches historical costuming, dress-up opportunities,
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We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event soon!
Updated Dec 3, 2014