Monday, August 22, 2016

Pink Summer Edwardian Dress

From the seller:

Up for purchase is a antique edwardian ladies dress feels looks like linen no fabric content listed, with inseration lace panels and crochet panels front and back of lower middle of dress. Measures approx laying flat is Length from shoulder to hem is 50 in. Chest armpit to armpit is 16 in. across. Waist side to side is 12 in. Outside sleeve from shoulder seam to cuff is 20.5 in. Please review condition description for all issues. From an estate. Selling as found. Thanks for looking.

From Me:

I would love to make a dress like this some day. I love the insertion lace dresses of the Turn of the Century.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fabulous Condition Health Corset

From the seller:

Sehr seltenes Leinen-Mieder um 1900/20 mit Glasknöpfen
Zustand mit Altersspuren. Ungereinigter Fund!
Passend bei Gr. 38/40
Länge: 47 cm (Träger verstellbar)
Breite unter den Armen: 39 cm

Gern beantworten wir Ihre Fragen oder senden weitere Detailfotos.

Google translation:

Very rare linen bodice to 1900/20 with glass knobs
Condition with signs of age. Uncleaned Find!
Modern Size 38/40
Length: 47 cm (adjustable straps)
Width under the arms: 39 cm

We are happy to answer your questions or send more detailed photos.

From Me:

I remember a lady emailing me about this one but I can't find the email. Sorry! It is a lovely example of a health corset and very similar to this one at the V&A museum.

Teen's Era Evening Gown

From the seller:

This Edwardian gown is made from black silk satin. IT hooks down the back, the bodice is trimmed with silk chiffon, it has metallic silver mesh in front and back, the chiffon panels over the shoulders are beaded with silver bugle beads and silver and green seed beads. It has short chiffon dolman sleeves, the sleeves are edged in lace. The bodice is lined with a China silk, the skirt is silk satin with 3 ballooned ruffles around the hem. It's in pretty good condition, just needs a little sewing here and there. The lace edging around the neckline of the lining is loose, I would just removed it, the chiffon around the neck was backed in a nude tissue silk, the tissue silk is gone, but not really needed. The skirt has a pleated godet under the placket that may have been added, the black is a different color, if it was done at the same time, it just aged differently. The lace edging on the sleeve has a mendable 1 inch tear, the chiffon panel with the beading has a few holes, this is the panels along the silver mesh and are sewn flat to the dress, so it doesn't really cause a problem to the dress and is hard to see. The chiffon panels over the shoulders and the sleeves are good, missing or loose hooks and eyes. It measures 38 inches around the bust, waist is 33, hips are 53 and is 57 inches long.

From Me:

It looks like there was another layer of chiffon that was removed and this is what is left. Very lovely dress still, early teen's Era.

1912 Fashion Plate

Rococo or Victorian Men's Waistcoat - you decide!

From the seller:

Vintage Antique 1700s VEST Waistcoat 36 EMBROIDERED METALLIC Silk Satin

ornate embroidery at front with some metallic stitching
fabric has metallic horizontal threads
buttons are embroidered with sequins
2 pockets, fully cotton lined
flannel back with 3 vents

Chest 36" (38 of fabric); Back length 26"

From Me:

Although the front looks 1760's~1770's, the back does not. The back looks very much like what you'd expect with a Victorian fancy dress outfit. So is this fancy dress or is it authentic? I'm not sure. Any thoughts either way?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

1890's Blue Dress with Yellow Print

From the seller:

A beautiful antique 2 piece dress in a beautiful blue fabric with gold print. I am unsure of what the fabric is. It has a silky sheen on top, less so on the underside. It feels like some type of cotton sateen. As you can see in the pictures, there is scattered fading and discoloration. The bodice has leg of mutton sleeves, like another I've listed from this same estate. My guess is a date circa 1890. A name tag in the collar reveals a woman by the name of Wallace once owned and wore this beautiful two piece outfit. Other than the fading, scattered spotting, and a few missing or replaced buttons, it is in pretty good condition. The waist of the bodice is approx. 28". The waist of the skirt is approx. 30" The top, measures above the dart from underarm to underarm and doubled is approx 32".

From Me:

This is a lovely piece. Probably 1896 or so based on the sleeve style.

Part of an 1890's Bodice with Stunning Beadwork

From the seller:

This antique Victorian era Jarrett Baltimore label blue silk steel cut beaded ball gown bodice dates from the 1880s. It is made of a light blue silk damask weave floral pattern brocade fabric, with silver steel cut beading. This beautiful bodice top, has a high neck band collar with bow back trim accent, a shattered cream silk, net front insert, sleeveless, missing sleeves, a fitted waist with bow back, front trim, hook closures down the front and is fully lined with quality construction detailing, stays boning sewn inside. There is a "Jarrett 516 Charles St., North, Baltimore" dress label sewn inside the belted waistband. The bodice measures 17 inches long, with a 26 inch waist, 34 inch bust and 14 inch neck. It is in fair as-is condition needing some restoration and would be great for design. There are some loose missing beads, frayed arm holes with missing sleeves and shattering along the silk front insert (see close-ups). This is truly a wonderful piece of Victoriana wearable beaded art!

From Me:

One of the quintessential parts of 1890's dress beyond the sleeves is the ridiculous neck and butt bows. This bodice may no longer have sleeves, but it has the required bows.

1895 Fashion Plate

In the above fashion plate, you can at least see the neck bow. It started to be a thing a year before.

I do love that this is from B'more right on Charles street. :-) I went to college in B'more right off of North Charles St.