Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Victorian Day Dress

From Side front showing the hooks and eyes

Side front

Back of the dress

Full Side of the dress

Front of the Dress

From the seller:

This charming Asymmetrical 2pc 1880's bustle strolling gown is made of finely Printed Cotton challis.

It has most unusual aesthetic pattern design on beige color background(see pic).

The bodice has a small stand-up collar made of black velvet & fully stayed cinch waist/belt made from matching velvet.

The bodice has long sleeves fitted around the arms with beautiful pleating.

The sleeves are puffy around the elbows with tightly fitted cuffs made of matching black velvet.

The graceful bodice has vertical pleats around the bust & tightly fitted around the waist.

It closes with series of large round faux pearl buttons, belt closes with hooks/eyes(see pic).

The inside of the bodiceis fully lined with fine white linen, fully boned & has under arm guards.

The magnificent asymmetrical skirt has an apron front with a large graceful bustle in the back.

It also has a side puffy drape to offset the uniform look.

The elegant skirt is lined with brown cotton & closes with a single mother of pearl button on the back waistband.

It has a cream hem protector to prevent from fraying.

The back waist of the skirt is tightly Cartridge pleated to accommodate a large bustle cage.

The bodice measures 13 1/2" across the shoulders, 30" bust, 23" waist & 22" long sleeves.

The skirt measures 24" waist, 40" in length.

The gown is in most pristine/hardy worn condition.

Only a few pin side holes, minor waistband repair & small minor stains(hardly noticeable flaws).

Otherwise this is a Unique hard to find summer bustle strolling dress from 1880's! A beautiful Example!

From Me:

I think this was gown that was remade many, many times over the decades. The sleeves are typical of the 1840's into the 1850's, the Swiss waist is more typical for the 1860's, the bustle doesn't look quite right -maybe 1870's? I can easily see a lady remaking the same dress over and over to keep up with fashion for about 25 years. It's very interesting to see!

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