Friday, October 19, 2012

Edwardian Bodice Cut Velvet & Lace

From the seller:

Beautiful 1880's Victorian Burgundy / Gold Cut Velvet Bodice SM B-37

This beautiful Victorian bodice is made from a burgundy silk cut velveteen, the background fabric has a shimmering gold thread making a tiny box design behind the cut velvet flowers. It has a center panel and lapels of burgundy silk, the collar and front panel are made from a shimmering gold lace, but the lace is modern, it would be easy to remove and replace with a vintage lace, it's just hand stitched over the silk, but if you don't the lace is a nice match to the background of the velvet fabric. The burgundy silk has some small scattered holes, mostly behind the eyes where the hooks dug in, but some scattered as well, and a larger damaged area at the waist where it joins to the velvet and then down to the bottom, but has been mended, but not well done (photo). If you can get a little trim or lace over the burgundy front panel, it would be great, the velvet is excellent and the burgundy collar and cuffs are pretty good with only a few very small holes. It measures 37 inches around the bust, across the back shoulder is 11 1/4 inches, waist is 25 inches and it's 19 inches long.

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From Me:

I see where the seller might have gotten confused. The tail on the back does look earlier; however, the triangular collar, the lace dickey insert with the high neck, and the sleeves all suggest a much later date than 1880. I think this is probably around the late 1900's, before the move to the Neo Directorate styles. The bodice styling is too "modern" looking to my eye to be from before the 20th Century. Take out the lace dickey, add a button to the front, and I swear I have a jacket like that in my closet at home for work!

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