Sunday, July 5, 2015

Early 1930's Dress














From the seller:

This dress was previously auctioned but the buyer never paid, it was not returned.

Love this dress! Brown and white patterned rayon with very nice lace attached at sleeves and collar.

Does have a few repairs and staining. The busy pattern helps to hide them. There are a few tears on the lace.

Would be great for study, repair or stage costume.

Please see all the images and don’t hesitate to ask questions.



Bust: 38”

Waist: 34”

Hips: 42”

Length: 44 ½”



From Me:

1931 Patterns via Witness 2 Fashion

The belt is really the give away along with the pointed cut dropped waistline. The belt would have been worn at the natural waistline although the dress still had the fullness of the skirt at the hip point.

1850's Dress Reused in the 1870's













From the seller:

Offering a recent auction purchase - please ask questions if the description is lacking - I have little to no experience selling antique clothing
Older friend of the family who attended auction said the box of clothing I purchased was pre-1900
2 pieces: long jacket with tails and short jacket - both of same material - both for a small, petite female
Cotton with repeated floral motif against a black background
Both have machine and lots of hand stitching
Hooks are brass or brass plated
Buttons on the dress are abalone or fresh water shell that have a geometric hand painted design - 14 total
Last button on short jacket is missing
Jacket with tails: 54" long with buttoned 10" across waist front
Short jacket buttons (6 in total) are a hard black material with effervescent accents in a stylized pattern
Both have a heavier weight brownish cloth lining - similar to oil cloth
Cloth has some SMALL age holes as well as a couple tears
The worse areas are seen in last 3 pics but there are many tiny holes with broken threads
With restoration / reweaving skills - could be restored or certainly displayed as is
Pieces could also serve as patterns for anyone recreating antique clothing
This is not a perfect "off the rack" clothing but if you are a lover of antique clothing - it may be a good restoration project
Please review visuals for clarity / understanding............I repeat ask questions if this auction description is lacking
The buttons alone are worth the beginning auction price
The collective cloth will ship for $ 5.50


From Me:

.....It's a bodice and a dress. Not a jacket. And really? Encouraging people to destroy the antique clothing? "Hey, I have this old painting here of some broad. She has this odd smile and wears a green peasant blouse looking thingy. The auction price alone is worth the canvas. You can totally reuse it!"



Yeah, doesn't work with paintings. So why do people think it's a good thing with textile art?

Anyway, the bodice with the pagoda sleeves and pointed waistline is most likely 1850's. I've seen other 1850's (and posted a few of them here!) with the pointed neckline. As was common, someone about 20 years later probably took the skirt to the dress and remade it into the lovely 1870's bustle era dress we see here.

Natural Form Cotton Print Dress










From the seller:

Offering a recent auction purchase from an old multi generational estate sale
As I have limited syntax for this type of item - please ASK questions as needed
Dress like another being offered in a seperate auction was found stored in a large old container
Older family member said dress was very old
Dress looks to be an antique party dress with calico full skirt
Pretty floral lining and maroon trim on inside skirt area
Gold front insert
Velvet collar and velvet accent at the waist, front and back
Top is also lined
Much hand stitching as well as machine
No buttons just dark metal hooks
There are condition issues: golden cloth has spotting and age related holes
There is a tear near the under arm
I am selling this dress knowing it has age related condition issues BUT...
Someone w/ restoration / reweaving skills - could restore it or just display as is
Could also serve as a pattern for anyone recreating antique clothing
This is not a perfect "off the rack" dress but if you are a lover of antique clothing - it may be a good project


From Me:

This dress just makes me happy. I love the various patterns and colors in the cloth. It's not colors I would wear (well, my Mom made me wear them when I was baby...) but the various colors of the floral print, the cheery yellow front, it just looks like a happy dress.

Stunning Titanic Era Cream colored Gown













From the seller:

1910's Silk & Embroidered Applique Evening Gown: This was once a grand evening gown, I can just see her dancing in it with her train on her arm. The bust is 32, the waist is 24, the skirt length is 40 and the shoulders are 14.5. It is too fragile to wear in this condition. The inner silk lining is totally shattered. See photo. The silk outer layer is shattering as well. See photos. Most of the appliqués and silk bands on the outer layer are in good condition. The applique at the left waist band needs some repair. The center back casing for the hooks and eyes on the left side needs to be reattached about 12 inches. There is soiling on the back hem. The middle layer of ivory silk is in good condition and still soft and supple. If you replaced the under layer, and then replaced the fine silk over layer and reset all of the original lace and satin trim you could use it for display or even to wear. The bidding will start at $0.99 with no reserve.

From Me:

I wouldn't call this an evening gown - actually, I suspect it's a wedding gown based on the appliqués and the color. Either way, it was quite the stunner.

Pieces of an Edwardian Dress









From the seller:

1900's Silk & Applique Afternoon Gown - Brooklyn Museum of Art: This is a de-accession from the Brooklyn Museum of Art. It has a bust up to 38, waist 26, and the skirt length is 44 inches. There are no sleeves, no lining or boning left. This is a major project. Only about 1/3 of the skirt is still sewn to the bodice. The back middle seam of the skirt is coming undone. There are some hooks and eyes left. It is in a jumper style and probably had a lace under bodice and sleeves of lace. The brown silk is in stable condition with minor wear and some minor spots. With work it could be brought back to life. The workmanship of the piece is phenomenal. Some of the diamond shapes of the bodice have loss of the brides that hold them together. See photos. The bidding will start at $0.99. Will quote reserve upon request.

From Me:

Why would you add pinholes to the antique silk? Just why?

Anyway, it looks like this was originally over a pink silk dress based on the accents. I'm sure it was lovely when it was new.