Thursday, March 9, 2023

Black and White Striped Late Victorian/Early Edwardian Outfit


From the seller:

Here is an Antique Edwardian Striped Brocade Floral Silk 2 PC Dress Velvet Trim Yellow BlacK Stripes.   Features metal hook/eye closures down front of blouse with unattached collar ( hook/eye closure on collar). Fully lined with cotton or linen and corset type boning.  Layered Skirt  hangs a little longer in back, has metal hook/eye closure and metal snaps and is fully lined.  Fragile condition with holes, spots and tears all of which I tried to note in photos.  I would say this piece could be displayed or repurposed.  The front of the bodice has been unstitched as if to make bigger so it is a bit awkward but attached with hook/eye closures.  I have made no attempt to clean or repair this piece.  Estate Find.  Please see pictures and e-mail with any questions. Thanks for looking. 

Approx. Measurements taken with garment lying flat: Please compare measurements with a piece of clothing that fits you to get an accurate fit.

Top measurements:

Chest: about 15" across front from underarm to underarm 

Waist:  about 14" across front 

Measures about 16" long from top of shoulder down front to bottom edge of blouse

Sleeve: about 17” long from underarm to edge of velvet trimmed cuff

Shoulder: 9” from shoulder seam to shoulder seam

Skirt measurements:

Waist: 12 1/2" across front

Hips:  about 22" across front

Length:  39" down front to bottom edge from waist and 41" down back to bottom edge from waist

From Me:

The dress is almost certainly from the Turn of the 20th Century.  I think it may have been cut down or pieces from an 1890's outfit as the sleeves show some interesting seams that would make sense if the sleeves originally were bigger than the wearer's head.   

The outfit was clearly meant for an s-bend corset which would keep it in that era as well.  My guess is about 1900-1902.  Very much end of the Victorian, beginning of the Edwardian era.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Gorgeous 1920's Peach and Black Evening Dress

 From the seller:



Antique 1920's Art Deco Flapper Dress, Black Silk with Ecru French Lace, applied Roses with pearls and tiny claw set rhinestones, embroidered silk ribbon leaves on the black silk. The skirt is lined with black silk with a silk chiffon flounce at the bottom. Bodice has a round neckline wirh lace and ribbon roses. Side opening with black snaps. Drop waist with a full skirt. Please see all photos for details. Collector, display or study.

Bust: 34"
Hips: 34"
Length from shoulder:

Condition is good, the silk has damages and is quite delicate, ( small splits & several pin holes), lace has some damages, selling in as found condition. Please see all photos for condition details.

From Me:

I admit, I did bid on this one when it came up.  However, it went way above my max, and with good reason!   This is stunning!  It's in amazing condition for being a century old.  Can you imagine how the rhinestones on this must have sparkled?

1927 Pattern

The v neck, covered in lace, and the fall of the skirt, make me think this is later rather than earlier.  However, it is difficult to tell with the robe de style type gowns.  Either way, this is very much 1920's.  

Monday, February 27, 2023

Pretty Purple Polka Dot, Late Edwardian


From the seller:

Antique Victorian Purple Silk Charmeuse Polka Dot Dress Lace.

Beautiful antique 1800s purple silk satin polka dot gown with puff cape/gigot sleeves, high lace neck with embroidered appliqu├ęs, and full long bustle skirt. Hook and eye enclosures.

Pit to pit 18”

Waist 32”

Sleeve length 23.5”

Back length 57.5”

Great condition. Needs a repair to front skirt, where there is a hole- see pictures. Light discoloration at lace at front could likely be removed with professional treatment. A few tiny spots and a few tiny pinholes, neither visible when wearing. Sturdy, 100% wearable and presents beautifully.

From Me:

Hello!  I'm going to try and start this back now that I have a semi normal job again.  

So....I have zero clue why the seller thinks this is in any way or shape "Wearable".  There is a huge freakin' hole in the skirt!  You can see the seller's hand through it!  Even if you aren't one for preserving history to allow the next generation to enjoy, you should have some sense of "hmmm, this is already shattering.  Maybe I shouldn't wear it and make it shatter more while on me?"  This is just being a rational human being?

Anyway, the dress itself is late Edwardian.  About 1908/1909.

1909 Fashion Plate

The short sleeves over more fitted, longer sleeves is a later Edwardian dress trait.  The high lace neckline will all but disappear in a couple more years and is making it's last gasps.   Skirts still have a bit of a train but that too will disappear soon.   

The dress itself is a good example of late Edwardian but, please, never wear it.  It's old.  

Monday, May 28, 2018

Light Colored 1890's Day Dress

From the seller:


A regal 1890's satin 2 PIECE walking suit, having a high necked beaded trimmed collar and and wonderful large puffed sleeves.

Recently de-accessioned from the Metropolitan museum of Art in New York City. The gown still retains it's original Museum ID catalog string tag and sewn in tags.

No designer label.
The bodice is accented with cream colored sheer organdy with black leaves design, found on collar, front insert and on sleeves. The bodice is lined with white silk and with 13 covered whale bone baleen stays and has front hook and loop closure.

The skirt closes by hooks and loops at the back and is poor/fair condition. Its silk lining has a added wide net lace dust ruffle at hem. Inside of skirt has ties to adjust fullness bustle effect. The hem has a wire inserted around perimeter added for fullness at base. The back is accented with a large satin bow and the skirt is gathered into numerous pleats that makes for a nice fall.

Condition: The outfit is in fair/good condition for its age. The bodice lining has begun to shred. No underarm staining. The organdy has begun to split.

The skirt lining is in the beginnings of shredding. The outside satin of skirt has begun to split in one area as seen in last photos. Two small water stains in front from my iron spitting.


Jacket: Bust: 35", Waist: 32", Across back shoulders seam to seam 12",
Shoulder to jacket hem: 46",
Sleeve length: 23" with cuff turned up. Shoulder to bodice hem 18", Shoulder to hem front 58", Shoulder to hem back
Skirt: Waist 31-1/2",
Front length 40-1/2",
Back length 44-1/2".

A truly grand outfit. A great display outfit and worthy of repair. Antique clothing should not be worn

From Me:

I think it's a couple years later than the seller believes - mostly due to the ribbons on the shoulders which were popular later. Really, the next time I see some of that fabulous summer scarf making material, I might consider it for a dress like this instead. :-)