Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Turn of the Century Bodice

From the seller:

This item was found in a very old home in Arlington, Massachusetts. Most of the items that were found dated from the 19th Century to early 20th Century.

I do not have any specific knowledge of this item. So I can describe what I see - You can ask questions if you like.

kind of resembles a blouse with a built in corset

has vest of lace-over-green material, a redish colored material looks to be silk for the jacket or blouse, has the same lace material sewn at the cuffs (seems rather long in the arms), and collar.

about 18" top-to-bottom

perhaps 17" accross shoulders

the green lining behind the lace is torn (shreded) - otherwise it looks to be in nice condition

From Me:

No built in corset (boning =/= corset, people!) but this is an interesting example of a very early 20th C bodice. Personally, I think it's hideous - the lace jacket piece just does not go with the rest of the cut. It looks like it might have gone well when in pieces and then the lady put it together and realized umm...no. Just no. However, because it so different, I had to add it.


  1. I bought this strictly as a study piece. Its much prettier in real life than these photos. The lace vest does look a little odd tho but the silk blouse is exquisite.

  2. If you'd like to see more photos of this bodice and what I wrote about it, its here in my blog entry. http://timetravelingincostume.blogspot.com/2012/11/learning-from-past-from-extant-bodices.html