Monday, February 27, 2017

OT: Public Announcment




I would like to invite anyone who will happen to be anywhere near Maryland in the middle of March to the Francaise Dinner. This is an annual event of feasting, friends, and fabulous finery. There is a lot more information on the link above or through the banner image posted. Please, feel free to contact me for any additional information.

I want to also apologize for not being able to post as much as I would like. Graduate school (I'm going for my Masters in Digital Forensics) is eating up far more time than I would like. Hopefully, I will have more time to post in the next few days.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

1920's Silver Coat with White Fur Collar













From the seller:

Extraordinary 1920s cocoon opera or evening coat with wide fur (white fox?) lapels to the collar. Pagoda sleeves trimmed at cuffs with fur. Gorgeous silver lamé. No closures. Classic flapper shape and silhouette. Collar can be worn popped if desired! Lined in blue-grey velvet.  Long shawl with claps for decoration and closure. Very good, wearable condition. Only a few little holes, one on the backside of the coat, one on one sleeve und a few on the shawl. The fur looks a little bit dusty. You’ll barely notice! A beautiful historic piece. The decoration is not included.
Shoulders: ~ 16"
Length: ~ 41"


From Me:

I found a whole bunch more photos of the coat off of Antique Gown that are way better.


It's clearly the same room so I'm not sure why the seller put up the not so great photos on ebay. Very much a lovely 1920's coat. How's you like to wear something like that out this winter?

Monochorme Natural Form Day Dress



From the seller:

In fair - good preowned condition. Stain at bottom of jacket, back of jacket needs repair, hole near neckline.

Jacket - Bust 33.5, waist 28, hip 44.

Skirt - waist 26, hip free



From Me:

Although this is a simpler style, it's anything but boring. The dress looks to be wool and the weave itself is interesting. It looks like, at first, that the warp threads are white and black but with the black about every two or three warp thread. However, the polka dots show that isn't entirely the case. The trim at the edge of the dress (and on the skirt above the ruffles) is used more as a hem tape but to the outside. It was sewn, the wrong way, along the edge, and then folded up and sewn down against the material so it would show but also hide the raw edge. You can easily see the machine stitching on it in one of the photos. Based on the look of it, I'm pretty sure this was a lady's home made dress rather than a professionally made or catalogue bought dress.

1878 Fashion Plate
1878 Fashion Plate

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Men's 18th Century Frock Coat with Embroidery













From the seller:

RARE Gents French Green Silk Embroidered Court Coat ca 1750 - 1775


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This gorgeous gents coat is made from a sage green silk and is heavily embroidered in ploychrome silk floss. It has a stand up collar, oversized pockets under a deep scalloped flaps, back pleats, elaborate embroidery, and a wool and linen lining. A few very minor spots or stains, minor holes in the wool lining De-accessioned from the Met. Museum of Art. It measures 36 inches around the chest, across the back shoulder is 16, sleeve is 23 and it's 45 inches long. Excellent condition and a real beauty to add to a collection.


From Me:

First, my apologies for not posting over the past almost three weeks. My computer went into meltdown (I was curious what that plastic-y burning smell was...) and I had to get a new one. I wasn't able to get the new one to work at first because of an adaptar issue with the monitor. Then I had to Frankenstein the new computer a bit, add my old hard drive, and now - finally- I have a decent, reliable computer...that may have processing power up to 4.0ghz and 4tb of hard drive space.....

The frock coat: The embroidered frock coat was a popular theme in the late 18th century and, really, for court wear, well up into the 19th Century. Based on the cut of this one, I think it's more 1780's than 1770's.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Late Victorian and Late Edwardian Undergarments!












From the seller:

Slip #1 (left in photo)-Victorian, waist-24", bust-40", skirt-39" long, double lace flounce measures 17" wide, 3-button back with 3 hook and eye, 7 gore skirt adds fullness to skirt without added bulk, the front and sides of skirt are not gathered, back of skirt is softly gathered, bodice is very full at bust with a scoop neckline and shoulder bands would sit lower on the shoulder or upper arm
Slip #2 (right in photo)-Edwardian, empire waist-26", bust-40", hips-44", skirt from empire waist to hem-40" long, flounce measures 14" wide, 3 hook and eye back closure, broderie anglaise lace bodice and flounce, square neckline


From Me:

The one thing I have trouble with is making pretty undergarments for my gowns. This is why I love the second petticoat slip so much! Look, she used the petticoat hemming to make the bodice! And then left over lace for the straps! So easy and yet so lovely.

The Victorian one is very much 1890's (all that lace!). The Edwardian one is late Edwardian going into early Teens era.