This little gown is cut from one piece of fabric and only has side seams. The gown is stamped with "Royal Society No 4372X".
Royal Society was not a company, it was a trademarked brand name for needlework patterns and supplies owned by the H.E.Verran Company of New York. The company was incorporated in October of 1912, shortly after the silk art embroidery craze fell out of popularity and the company ceased operations in 1930. So that tells me that this little gown was printed somewhere between 1912 and 1930. I say "printed" because Royal Society products were hot iron transfer designs for wearing apparel. I assume this gown was all printed on hot iron transfer paper and someone ironed it onto the fabric to begin making this gown. However, I do know that they also created kits, as you can see from the vintage advertisement below:
The gown is in incredibly excellent condition - the fabric fibers are in pristine condition, with no staining, as is the silk embroidery that is completed on the gown!
I will add also that based on the fabric fibers and embroidery floss that this gown is old...and I mean really old, as in vintage. It is not an old transfer that someone ironed onto new fabric. It could quite possibly be one of the kits that were created back in the day. The stitching done on the gown, further proves it's age.
The neckline is just precious with all those scallops and sweet embroidery down the front!
Each shoulder has 4 perfect pin tucks that appear to be stitched by hand!Since there is no shoulder seam, the pin tucks carry on to the back of the garment. The neckline has not been cut out yet, as the handwork is not complete. If you look ever so closely, you can see where the back placket line is printed on the fabric.
This photo shows more clearly the neckline which is not cut out yet since there is handwork to be completed.
The side seams have been stitched with french seams and appears to be possibly stitched by hand, since the stitches are not in a perfectly straight line - they are angled a bit.
The lower edge of the gown has been stitched with a very soft cream colored silk embroidery floss using a blanket stitch on a scalloped edge. There are sweet daisies printed on the front of the gown that have not been embroidered yet.
The uniformity of the scalloped edge blanket stitch has been done very neatly! The follow photo shows a little more detail.
The sleeves have not been embroidered yet, but as you can see in this photo, that the fabric is printed with the instructions for how to complete the sleeves with the scalloped blanket edge and where the casing lines are.
Seeing this just makes me wonder who the stitcher was and whom she was making this little gown for...was it her own child? Was she perhaps pregnant for a little one? Or maybe she was a grandmother anticipating her first grandchild. I also wonder why she didn't complete such a precious little gown. Whomever owned the gown, took excellent care of it and made sure it was carefully packed away and preserved to be finished at a later day and time. I bet they never imagined that nearly 100 years later, in 2014, this gown would find a new owner who values it's worth!
Oh the fun I will have as I seek out silk embroidery floss that closely matches what the original seamstress used. My hope is to finish off this gown in the future and that I will have a sweet grand-daughter someday that can wear it.