Friday, September 2, 2011

1890's Summer Dress

From the seller:

You are bidding on an Incredible Victorian Vintage white Batiste Linen Wedding Dress or Fancy Afternoon Dress in the 'Gibson Girl' Style with very fine net insert & edge laces, fabulous white work embroidery, and rows of tiny 1/8" tucking. The insertion lace in the sleeves, bodice, and skirt adds exceptional detail and beauty along with the tucking detail, This is Quality and perfect for your Victorian wedding!

The shoulders measure 15"wide, the bust is about 33-34", and it has a 3"deep eyelet embroidered waistband that's 23" with 16" long puffed 3/4 sleeves. In front it's 15"l from the neckline to the waist and 37"long to the bottom edge and it closes in back with a 11 mother of pearl buttons with hand sewn button holes, all the buttons are there.

It's been freshly laundered and pressed so the condition is clean and bright but it does have 2 holes on the side, wear in the front, and photo#17 shows holes in the back left of the skirt that have some iron on to stabilize-easily removed with heat to make a better repair, see the last 3 photos for details. As for the front I would get white iron on pelham to hide them and stiffen the waist band from the inside as was done in photo #13 to reinforce the button edges in back, see?

From Me:

This is a lovely example of an 1890's Summer Dress. I can just see the lady who wore this out on the porch one hot summer day sipping pink lemonade!

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