Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Dress to Match the Bodices I just posted

From the seller:

This is a charming mulberry print 1890-95 gown. It's unlined, with a lace collar at the neck, the bodice and skirt with no closures. The bodice was meant to fasten slightly to the left of the center placket at the waist area. The waist has an opening to the right of the center, where it was meant to close, as you can see in the closeups. The waistband to the skirt was made from a printed feedsack. The skirt is tightly pleated at most of the back waist, the maker of this country dress such fully intending to follow the fashionable silhouette of the time. There is also a ruffle at the bottom.

One of the largest dresses I have seen, it's 43" around the bust, loosely measured, 14" between the shoulder seams, an astonishing 19 1/2" from the collar seam in back to the waist. The skirt is about 39 1/2" long in front, with a 29" waist.

Fresh out of an estate, the fabric is crisp, but has some storage discoloration at the front placket, bottom back area of the skirt, backside of the left sleeve, few other minor places, which I have shown this in the pics below.

I have 3 bodices from the same fabric also listed, which could be used with the skirt if the present bodice were removed. This could also allow the original bodice to be tucked in, giving a better display on a mannequin or fit on a person. From an early Vermont home.

From Me:

The lady that made all the bodices and this dress must have gotten an awesome deal on the fabric. Or, her husband/dad/who ever placed the order wrote 30 yards rather than 3.0 yards. :-)

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