Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Late 18th Century Printed Cape

From the seller:

This short cape is a rare item of costume, and is made up of various typically Provencal cottons - a mixture of muted violet and indigo. It dates to the end of the 1700s.

It has a large, and delightfully frilled hood, and there is also frilling around the edge of the main body of the cape. The hood is lined with thin flannel, and the whole is tightly gathered into a central point at the middle back.

The cape is designed with pretty sprigged cotton and is lined with indigo cotton. The inside brim of the hood is in a cotton with a scrolling purple design.

It has original ties to the front in cotton of a different print.

The condition is remarkable for it's great age, and the cape is intact and all hand worked ofcourse.

This is a beautiful item when properly arranged on a suitable mannequin. It looks delightfully elegant and feminine. Combined with a cotton skirt or gown, some antique lace at the throat or a lace cap, it would reflect the style of the times.

Measurements: From neck to V back base 24". Laid flat and measured at widest point: 52"

From Me:

This style was actually really popular in the late 18th century/early 19th century. Here are some other examples:

There are a lot more out there as well. Based on the shape and the pattern of the fabric, I'm thinking 1790's for this.

1920's Peachy Pink and Teal Dress

From the seller:

This dress is absolutely stunning. I wish it were perfect.
There are currently two small shreds in the chiffon. One at the underarm and one at the neck. They might be able to be stabilized but i don't know for sure.
The tears occurred when I put the dress on the mannequin.
Since those two areas have given way I can only guess that the dress is fragile.
The embroidery is perfect. The pleated skirt is beautiful too.
Truly worth saving.
Due to the fragile nature of this garment it is a final sale with no returns.
Bust size maximum of 34. Would not recommend it to be worn socially.

From Me:
I think the buttons were added later but the dress itself is very much in keeping with the 1920's.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

1920's Dress with Beautifully Done Beading

From the seller:

Circa 1920 Roaring 20's Flapper Dress
"Amazing Beadwork"

Looks like it's right out of Downton Abbey!!!!

36" Hip area
up to 42" Bust as the top area is loose fit
Bead work in front comes down in a V shape
The Beaded Sash drops from the shoulders in the back and drapes then ties in the back (Shown in the 7th and 9th Pics).The Bead work at the bottom measures 12" and wraps all the way around the bottom of the gown. This dress has a few beads missing but can be easily repaired. needs a few stitches under the left arm,(Shown in Last Pic) two snaps sewn on at shoulder ( shown in 4th Pic) , and a repaired tear at Left side just above the Lower bead work ( Shown in 5th Pic), there are some small holes in garment due to its age, as would be expected for it's age!

This is a Gorgeous piece that displays Beautifully!

From Me:

This is the way to really bling out a blah color. The faux nude of the dress is pretty boring, color wise, but the red and black (?) beading on the dress makes it into anything but blah. 1920's, clearly.

Hideous 1880's Plaid Bodice

From the seller:

Expertly tailored victorian bodice of silk in copper, bronze and black tones. Ruffled neck and catridge pleated back. Hook and eye closure front. Lined in polished cotton with small interior pocket at chest. Condition per description above, see photos for examples. Measures 27" waist, 18" shoulder to hem, 23" sleeves 10" neck. Chest is small, approximately 24". Fabric is strong albeit flawed. Made of a quality no longer found today. Guaranteed an authentic vintage textile and not a recent reproduction. Please view our other items collected from local Pennsylvania farms, museums and estates.

From Me:

I want to make this and wear a clown hat and go around next Halloween as a Victorian Bustle Era Zombie clown...

1885 Fashion Plate

Although the sleeves are different, the bride is wearing the ridiculous large falling ruff with her gown.  The rest of the style of the bodice falls pretty much in line with the normal silliness of the 1880's.   I mean if you have two half yards of two different fabrics and you really want a new bodice....

Edwardian Black Blouse

From the seller:

1900's Victorian Edwardian Jet Black Lace blouse - corset cover-


Description Coming Soon....

Bust flat across 19.5" (doubled = 37" Circumference)

Waist flat across 15" ( doubled = 30" circumference)

(top of shoulder to bottom of peplum) 18"
(top of shoulder to waistline ) 15"
(peplum from waist to hem) 3"

Tulle, lace, appliqué metal fasteners

Era: Victorian to Early 1900's

From Me:

Yes, let's wear the blouse and destroy it before you can even sell it with your sweaty underarms or modern deodorant! Yay! /headdesk

At some point, I think most costumers and vintage/antique garment collectors do this - we want to wear these 100 (or 110 in this case) old garments because of the history and the beauty of them. Most grow out of this once they ruin that one beautiful garment. Don't let the garments suffer, just don't wear them. The natural oils (and unnatural is you use lotion) on your hands and body only hasten the destruction of the fibers. Movement makes it that much worse. Yes, I learned not to due that at the sake of a beautiful blue Edwardian bodice and I'm sure many others reading this have very similar stories. If everyone does wear antique garments at least once in the historical costuming and historical fashion research community, how many garments are then destroyed each year that can't be passed down or studied later on?

Anyway, this blouse - which we don't have inside photos of-is probably from about 1906/1907.  That's when we still see that pigeon front but the sleeves become narrower.  

Pink and Burgundy Red Late Victorian Dress

From the seller:

A stunning 1890’s pink silk faille and flocked velvet evening reception dress. The front panel on the skirt has beautiful multi colored flocked velvet flowers on a burgundy satin background. The bodice is decorated with the same fabric. The bodice neckline is trimmed with dark gold metallic lace. The front insert is made of dotted pink tulle lace. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a hidden front hook and eye closure. The bodice has a pleated hip peplum. The skirt has a long back train. The skirt is lined with cotton. The dress is in very good and sturdy condition. There are a few tiny age marks, some breaks in the net lace, a small missing section to the waistband and stress wear at the edge of the back hemline. (See photos. Bust 34 Waist 26 Front skirt length 44 Back length 58.

From Me:

1891 Fashion Plate

This dress still has some of the left over styling from the bustle era but is clearly moving into the Leg o mutton sleeve era. I believe it's from about 1891/1892 based on the shape and styling.

Personally, I can't decide if I like it or hate it. The color clash is terrible despite that I like each fabric independently - I'd never put those two together. However, it seems to work somehow and I'm not sure how. ...I also want to make really cool looking wall panels out of that brocade...