Friday, January 27, 2012

Turn of the Century Dress

From the seller:

This gown dates to the Victorian turn of the century and is fashioned of a rich golden silk brocade, the gown was originally two piece in construction but the pieces were joined together at the waist, it could be returned to its original form easily. The bodice has a machine stitched net floral lace inserted at the front with a novelty stitched cord trim running around the collar and down either side of the front. Matching trim trims the bottom sleeve which is inserted with lace, giving a large billow beneath the wrist and a full lace bottom cuff. The interior is fully lined in polished cotton with a boned bodice, the interior shows that the pieces are basted together with white stitching. The underarms have a mild staining, one inch of fabric has pulled free from the edge seam at the front right arm seam. The gown is otherwise in excellent condition, fully strong and wearable, and in a harder to find larger size. Measures 28 inches around the waist, 38 inches around the bust, 56 inches in front length, several inches longer in the rear, and the skirting having a velvet bound bottom sweep measuring 180 inches around.

From Me:

Based on the cut of the bodice and the style of the skirt, this is most likely an Edwardian dress, not Victorian. I love that it's a wearable size!

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