Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Very late 1880's/early 1890's Red Blouse

From the seller:

This is a vintage Victorian era 1890 red silk pleated lace bodice blouse top. It is made of a red silk pleated fabric with eyelet lace inserts. Blouse is form fitting, gathered shoulders, long sleeves, shirt band collar, fully lined burgundy red cotton fabric with both pearl buttons and hook closures on front.
Condition: Vintage As-Is Poor Condition. Lots of Frayed Areas. Good For Design. Label: None

Measurements: Shoulder to Hem Length 18" Bust 32" Waist 28" Sleeve Length 23" Approx Size Small

From Me:

Okay, so...the sleeves. The sleeves were the key to this one. Notice that small puff peeking out near the cuff? Check out the last bodice in this fashion plate from 1888 or this one from 1887. Yes, the bodices are fancier but that little puff near the cuff exists. It goes away around 1891. Add in the slight tail -elongated back thing going on- it's probably late 1880's rather than 1890's

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