Friday, May 22, 2015

1930's Crochet Dress



From the seller:

48 HOUR SALE!!$100 OFF REGULAR PRICE $500 Collectors Dream Very Rare Deco Knitted Dress so Myrna Loy and not unlike the many Deco dresses seen in early 1930's films world by Barbara Stanwyck or Joan Crawford.I have only seen 1 other like this in 15 years and it was not exact.

A pale luscious light yellow mixed with seductive mint green.Matching belt that closes in front, slips over head with innovative and impeccable snaps on the side going up to neck.The architecture in the design, the high caliber quality as well as the ornate details are some of the finest examples of why many vintage creations not only stand the test of time but their inspiration is timeless.

Measurement whilst taken flat :
there is no stretch
17” across dolman underarm sleeves
13-14” across waist
16 ½”-18” across hips
44” total length


From Me:

So crochet dresses were a thing in the 1930's...



Pretty 1920's Dress with sleeves!





From the seller:

Antique/Vintage original authentic 1920,s flapper formal party dress
a rare larger size
a truly beautiful and exquisite looking flapper dress
rose pink rayon crepe fabric
the design is amazing true flapper
semi sheer bodice with the original floral decoupage attached
classic dropped waist
ecru antique lace trims around the neck and sleeve edges
the sleeves fasten with early poppers at the wrists
the waist has a beautiful sash bow with the original brass buckle at the centre of the bow
the skirt area has layers of small box pleated frills
a truly decadent dress of the period that is completely and utterly wearable
it has one minor flaw an approx 2" tear under the left armpit , this can easily be stitched and mended as the fabric is still good and strong, or you can leave it alone as you can,t see this when you are wearing it
apart from the tear mentioned the condition is superb for a dress of this era
it would make a fabulous museum or collectors piece or simply to wear for yourself as it has plenty of wear left in it

MEASUREMENTS
should fit a modern uk size 12 - 14 nicely or a u.s 10 - 12 , please do check the measurements by comparing to another similar garment that you own
chest 40"
waist 38"
hip 40"
length 43"
outer sleeve 23"


From Me:

Given that tear, the fabric does not look "good and strong". /facepalm

American Revolution Men's Waistcoat











From the seller:

Circa 18THC. Part of a museum deaccession of men's clothing.. Fine Polychrome Beauvais embroidery on the collar down each side and a more full and ornate design on lower edges and pockets with scattered small florets.


Item Measurements:

Apprx. 25" down the front..8 1/2" across each front at chest13" around neckline




Item condition:
In good strong condiiton, silk is strong, some scattered age related stains and openings on seam of linen back.Buttons have some missing silk..All items we list need to be cleaned.



From Me:

Those buttons!!!!!!

Late 1860's Partially Finished Dress






From the seller:

A 19THC. ladies watered silk bodice and skirt..and one other panel. It seems a work in progress or it was altered later.The watered silk taffeta is very nice.The skirt has two layers.. The fabric from selvage to selvage is less than 21". The extra piece measures apprx.59" by 8 1/2" at top as a strip was cut off..so top 19" part of panel measures as that.. the rest has the selvage on both sides.



Item Measurements:

Apprx.




Item condition:
In very good condition,a few tiny spots and pindot openings..minor.. fabric is very strong. this was part of early clothing that was stored away for a long time so has a storage smell..needs to be cleaned.....All items we list need to be cleaned.


From Me:

Most likely 1868 or about then based on the skirt shape and the high waistline of the mostly finished bodice.



The lady spying on her neighbors in the above fashion plate has similar trim on her shoulders to what we see in the extant gown. The fashion plate is from 1868. Unfortunately for the lady that started this project, it appears to have been in her UFO pile for a bit too long...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

1740's Caraco Jacket







From the seller:

Circa 19THC. floral silk brocade bodice..possibly remade and lined at a later date.The design on the silk is quite beautiful.



Item Measurements:

Apprx. 24" from shoulder

apprx. 8" across armhole

19" across chest.15-16" across waistline






Item condition:
In very good strong condition,One tiny minute spot is all I see..All items we list need to be cleaned.


From Me:

This was clearly in the midsts of being remade when someone gave up. There is enough details left though to show this was originally from about the 1740's. Here's another jacket with similar sleeves. And another over at Mara Riley's site. And, of course, the Snowshill Manor one (made famous by Janet Arnold).

American Civil War Era Bodice










From the seller:

This auction is for an original Lady's Bodice from the Civil War period. Its fabric is a lovely striped wool gauze with dark brown silk stripes running throughout. It's trimmed with puffed bands of self-fabric-very elegant! It features classic 1860s styling: dropped shoulders with piped armholes and waist, off-white cotton lining, original brass hook front closure, a dog-leg with original brass hook/eye closure, boning and hand-stitching throughout. It's fashioned in a "surplice" style where one side of the front laps over the other, making a flattering V-neck. The epaulet's at the tops of the sleeves are particularly elegant- a very stylish bodice! It's a very well-preserved specimen of Civil War Era dressmaking highly suitable for display or patterning.

Condition: Some wear/thinning of the fabric, possible scattered small or pin holes, light discoloration. Please look at photos and ask questions.

Measurements are: The bust is 33 inches & the waist measures 24 inches.


From Me:

From the Bartos Collection 1862


The purple and white dress has a similar overlap like closure.  I think this bodice was probably made about 1862 and then restyled post war.

1850's Men's Waistcoat







From the seller:

DATING TO THE CIVIL WAR ERA

FASHIONED OF A FLORAL FIGURAL IVORY SILK

SILK COVERED BONE BUTTONS CLOSE THE FRONT

POCKETS ON EACH SIDE WITH HIGH CHEST POCKET ON LEFT

GLAZED COTTON LINED AND BACKED WITH REAR BELTING AND BUCKLE

THE BACKING AND INTERIOR ARE SPATTERED WITH LIGHT BROWN SPOTS OF AGE COLOR..SEVERAL ERASER SIZED DARKER STAINS ON REAR

THE FRONT BOTTOM HAS SOME YELLOWED SOILED AGE COLOR WITH THE INNER NECKLINE EDGE HAVING THE SMALL EDGE FRAY PICTURED.

STRONG AND OTHERWISE WEARABLE

MEASUREMENTS IN INCHES

CHEST: 38
WAIST: 32
LENGTH: 19


From Me:


You can read all about the sewing machine here. Yes, this looks to be machine sewn but the sewing machine was being advertised pretty heavily in the 1850's.  It was just expensive.  The extant waistcoat is very similar to the one the gentleman on the left is wearing in the fashion plate below.  The fashion plate is from 1856.

1856