1912 Dress Beading Motifs

I am leaving the Regency period for now to focus on preparing dresses from 1912 to wear to Titantic-themed events in April. I’m hoping that by starting early I will be able to spread the workload out and include lots of beautiful details.

I am making the dress on the right side (the black one) and I plan to include beaded panels (this is why I am getting an early start!)… I can see a beaded pattern: the top and mid beaded sections appear to have an inner outlined area that mimics the exterior shape of the beaded panel and the remaining space appears to be filled in by zig zags. Similarly, the bottom panel appears to also be filled in with a zig zag pattern. (Or is it a pattern more curvy than a zig zag?)

(From Vol. 59 of the magazine Bon Ton)

I feel like I have a clear idea and can move forward with the beading, but at the same time I am doubting myself and thinking that perhaps I need to do more research on 1912 beading motifs. Do you think I can take creative license and go forward with the information I can glean from the Bon Ton image? I did find this example of an extant 1912 beaded dress that is similar on the one from Bon Ton.

1912 Beaded Ball Gown

1912 Beaded Ball Gown

I don’t own any books that are specific enough to assist me in this search and various online searches have been generally disappointing. And yet it seems that someone out there must have some good information! Do you know of any sources for information on Edwardian beading motifs? I hope to hear from you, if you do have any ideas!

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4 responses to “1912 Dress Beading Motifs

  1. That dress is so pretty, I’m excited to see how it unfolds! Sorry I don’t have any suggestions to help with the beading question. I’ll be doing beading on my evening gown too so I’ll definitely be checking in to see what you discover! :)

  2. I’m looking for patterns for an evening dress. I am going to have to have someone else make it because I don’t sew. I knit and crochet.

    • There are lots of sources for patterns out there. The easiest place to look is usually your local fabric store. They might also have an idea about people or places in your area that might be able to construct the dress for you. Thanks for reading!

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