Thursday, March 22, 2012

1880's Bustle Skirt

From the seller:

This old Victorian skirt was acquired along with other old clothing at an Estate Auction. I guestimate this to be mid to later 1800s. It appears to have been in the process of being restored or salvaged and is a work in progress. It is in the condition I acquired it in. It has an unusual design and I will do my best to describe it.

Skirt is made of 2 layers of a beige cotton or muslin type fabric with the bottom layer having a pleated ruffle around the bottom. There is also a primitively applied loose swag in the front and one side has red velvet trim with pleats down the side. Skirt has tight cartridge pleating in the back and large hook and eye closure. There is an area in the back where the top layer of fabric has been cut out. I am assuming this was where a bustle was being added but never got finished. There is a white cotton sewn tab on the back of the waist with some numbers "1960-74-22 B"

Approximate measurements taken with garment laying flat

11 1/2" across the waist

43" long

CONDITION: Sold As Found. No major stains, holes or tears. There are some tiny/small holes but not that noticeable due to all the fabric. The piece was being worked on and does have some crude sewing stitches and unfinished areas especially on the velvet section. Because this is an old antique piece it has not been laundered and does have storage & age discoloration.Great for repair, study, or pattern.

Please note that the vintage and antique clothing I sell will not be new from a department store or boutique. It is usually pre-owned or is new old stock that has been in storage. It could have some minor flaws.

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From Me:

This looks to be an asymmetrical 1880's bustle era skirt.

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