Friday, January 20, 2012

Wonderful Gold Ball Gown 1890's style

From the seller:

Gorgeous antique victorian ball gown or reception gown. Done in a silk brocade fabric. Absolutely gorgeous and extraordinary. Hugh ballon sleeves. Pleated silk satin around the bottom of the skirt. Lined with silk and a cotton muslin or soft crinoline type fabric. The skirt is a bustle type that is full and gathered at the back of the dress. If I have missed any details you need to know about please send me a message. I can provide more photos if you need to see something in particular. There are no returns on this dress.

There are 16 botton holes, but the buttons are missing. There is fraying of the silk fabric that lines the lower inside of the bodice. One stay is missing from one side of the front bodice and one broken stay on the back bodice. There is staining under the arms that shows up more in the pictures than in person. There is also a faint spot on the dress front. I am sure cleaning this would take care of most of the staining. There are hook & eyes that would be used to attach the skirt to the bodice and the back skirt closure. There is some fraying on the top of the skirt waist. All the pleating around the bottom of the skirt is fine except a tiny area shown in the last photo. One sleeve lining would need repair (see photo 7). There is some very slight wearing under the arms near the seam, this can be seen when held to the light.


Bodice front - 11-1/2" top to bottom

Bodice back - 14" top of neck to bottom of bodice

Bust is about 32"

Ballon sleeve about 30" around widest area

Back shoulder from sleeve to sleeve 12-1/2" wide

Skirt waist - 25-1/2 to 26"

Skirt front, waist to hem 38"

Skirt back, waist to hem of train 48"

Bottom of skirt is 122" around

From Me:

This is just so...cute! I sort of want to put a big bow on the back of it. Or little bows at the sleeves of dooms' cuffs.

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