Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Edwardian Black Brocade Outfit

From the seller:

Offered is a lovely Period Black Mourning Dress. I am not versed in period clothing so, I'm not sure if this is considered Antique, Victorian or Edwardian. I am sure you experts will know. The white spots that you see in the pictures are from my camera flash and not on the dress. I will start off with the bodice. Measurements: Sleeves--Approximately 23" from top of shoulder to bottom edge of cuff. Approximately 18" from under arm to bottom of sleeve cuff. Bust, approximately 28". Waist, approximately 26". Again, I'm not versed in fabric so here goes. The fabric is a heavy corded fabric with raised, all over, floral design. There are a lot of hook and eye closures on both the inside lining and outside black bodice. The stitching is done in both hand and machine. There is a lot of hand stitching. Passementerie--Four velvet, multi-looped tufts with 3 velvet bands extending over chest area. (See pictures 1 and 3). Some light wear areas to velvet. There is an ornate decorative floral trim that runs from the bottom, front hem of the bodice. It continues around the back of the neck area and down opposite side of the front of the bodice. This decor is a black fabric with heavy, corded embroidery edging. The front (top of shoulder to bottom of waist) has an area of vertical, pleated fabric which is in contrast to the overall floral fabric. This pleated area is also present on the back of the bodice, below neck and between shoulder area. The sleeves are gathered at shoulder area giving the shoulder a poofed look. The sleeves are also gathered at cuff area. Cuffs also have the same decorative floral trim as the bodice. The inside lining is tan (almost the color of cardboard). There are 6 stiff stays and lots of hook and eye closures. The bodice overlaps and closes to the side from top of shoulder to bottom of waist. There is a very small, 1/4" tear on back top of shoulder where vertical pleats meet floral fabric. Also fabric fray tear measuring approximately 1" square. This is on the top right side in pictures 1 and 3. The fray is on the top right front section. (Right side of neck area when looking at picture). The skirted dress bottom measures 39" in length on front area and 43" on back. This measurement is from the top of the waist band to bottom hem. The back is longer than the front. The waist measures 26". The bottom flair of the skirt is approximately 112". The fabric is the same black corded with raised floral design as the bodice. It has a hook and eye and snap closures on the back. The inside lining is black fabric. The bottom of the skirt has a black piping and open lace design trim encircling the whole bottom of the skirt/dress. There are two areas on the front of the skirt which shows some fabric wear or thinning. These areas are not tears or fray, but a light thinning of fabric. Overall condition is very good. Please email with any questions! NO RESERVE ON THE LOVELY PERIOD DRESS! My pictures do not do this any justice. It is much, much nicer to the eye. For some reason, I just can't get good pictures. You will not be disappointed with this period dress, it is lovely!

From Me:

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Really, I'm surprised they didn't through the "This dress is haunted!" in there. I seriously doubt it's a mourning gown - it looks blue in all the pictures and the seller doesn't bother to mention the typical "the dress is black and not blue like the photos" anywhere. Also, the fabric is too busy and the amount of trim? Not a mourning gown.

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