The “Ultimate” Champagne Dress 😁

Nothing says “Happy New Years” more than opening a bottle of champagne and here’s a circa 1904 costume dress from the Bath Fashion Museum that takes this idea to the next level… 😎

Costume Dress, c. 1904; Bath Fashion Museum

According to the Museum, this dress was made in around 1904 for Mrs. Ada Power and the dress and matching hat has been designed to mimic the classic Veuve Clicquot champagne bottle. The dark green velvet skirt represents the green glass of the bottle and is adorned with the signature Veuve Clicquot yellow labels which were produced in France especially for the costume. A gold metallic thread bodice is the foil ‘coiffe’, the frothy sleeves suggest bubbles and the hat is the cork.

Below are a couple of close-ups of the top and bottom:

From the above picture, it appears that a gold metallic fabric was utilized for the top part to include a looped gold-colored robe trim along the neck and shoulders.

Here’s a closer look at the skirt and although it’s difficult to tell from the picture, it’s a dark bottle green that was designed to mimic the Clicquot bottle.

Above is a close-up of the accompanying coiffe hat, no doubt meant to mimic the bottle cork/outer foil wrapper. 😁

Ms. Ada Power in the Clicquot Dress.

And the finished product!! And yes, Clicquot is still made today and it’s a definite favorite here at the Atelier!

Cheers for a happy new years!!

Looking Back At 2021

Looking back at 2021, we have to say overall that it was a year of growth for us as we slowly pull ourselves out of the lingering effects of COVID. Like many businesses, 2020 was a chaotic year and put a brake on the many plans we had. However, we did take the enforced idle time to reassess our goals and priorities and devised a more focused approach to Lily Absinthe.

During 2021, we established Atelier Lily Absinthe on Etsy as an outlet for a variety of finished products ranging from fabrics and pattern to fashion-related books. Originally conceived as a outlet for selling off part of extensive stocks of fabrics and patterns that we’ve accumulated over the years, Atelier Lily Absinthe has evolved into a larger enterprise complementing our business focused around custom commissions. One of the most exciting aspects is our curated approach to our offerings- it’s not a random gathering of “stuff” but rather a focused collection of items intended to enhance the historic clothing experience. The motto “One of a kind, few of a kind” encapsulates everything Atelier Lily Absinthe  is about.

2021 was also good for us in that we were able to spend two weeks in October we had to the opportunity to return to the UK, specifically in the west of England, and reconnect with our friends. 😎

We’re looking forward to 2022 and returning to the UK and hopefully France so stay tuned for more. 😎 😄

What’s On- Holiday Edition

It’s been a busy year for us and a time of many changes. If you haven’t noticed, we’ve created an online selling presence on Etsy at Atelier Lily Absinthe where we are selling a variety of fabrics, trims, books, and patterns that have been curated by us. For fabrics, we have a mix of newly-acquired and vintage fabrics from our fabric stash. We will also be offering a variety of historical fashion ephemera that we have acquired over the years. Our motto: One of a kind, few of a kind!  😁

Finally, we’re still taking commissions and we will be offering a line of ready-made garments in the near future. We welcome you inquiries- feel free to email us at

Karin McKechnie & Adam Lid


Another New Arrival At Atelier Lily Absinthe!

Just in time for Christmas! We were fortunate to be able to obtain a copy of this fabulous book Textiles for Victorian and Edwardian Clothing: 1880-1920 by Diana L. Fagan Affleck and Karen J. Herbaugh. Originally published in 2004 and long out of print, this book is an excellent introduction to the somewhat bewildering world of late 19th and early 20th Century fabrics. The book itself combines documentation with representative swatches of fabric. Having actual fabric swatches is a major plus in that the reader can now see and feel representative fabric samples and thus be able to gain a better understanding of the actual fabrics that were used. This book is definitely a labor of love and it’s too bad that it’s been out of print for so long- naturally, including the fabric swatches was no doubt a major logistical undertaking. About the closest thing out there today are fabric swatch kits that accompany most textile textbooks. Check it out in our Etsy store: 😁