"Art and Dreams" by American Artist Robert Vonna, 1858-1933
The comments about the color of the Inauguration dress got me thinking more about fabrics and dresses in that color. The ones pictured here are vintage Laura Ashley dresses.
I have added a few more comments here: what these dresses do not show is the way many of us used to raise the neckline by pinning a dollar store doily or a piece of lace in the front just inside the shoulders. Do you remember that? I am going to start doing that again when I have not had time to alter a neckline on a commercial dress or to raise the neckline on a home made dress that still was not high enough. I hope to put a dress on the dress form today and demonstrate how we added the folded doily to our necklines.
Below is some blue fleece for a jacket and Waverly cotton called "China Blue" from Walmart. I enjoy Waverly because it has a glossy surface and linen-like weave and feels so luxurious and is such a nice fabric to work with while sewing.
If I ever get a dress sewn with this fabric I will get a photo of it next to a blue tea cup.
I hope the Inauguration dress will create an interest in ladies clothing with higher necklines. There appear to be darts at the neckline in this dress, but it may be just decorative seams. I have attempted a few sketches of the jacket and dress, and wondered if pattern companies are going to publish patterns of it. If so, I would have to alter the pattern in other areas but would definitely like to know how to make the neckline.
I typed in "vintage dress patterns with high necklines" and this was one of the few that showed up. There may be some in the current sewing catalogs at fabric stores, as they are reviving these styles. I will have to say, having lived through 1950's fashion, the clothes of that era were not as comfortable as the 1980's styles and didnot fit the majority of women very well. I am still collecting Lanz, Gunne Sax and Laura Ashley sewing patterns from the 1980's and 90's.