Monday, November 19, 2012

Bustle Era Bodice

From the seller:

This is an antique Victorian gray taffeta blouse from 1870-1880.

There are 4 large incredible gray mother of pearl buttons on the front and 11 gray glass buttons. Each cuff has 3 smaller ones.

The blouse has wide lapels and a teeny tiny waist. (how did they do that without Jennie Craig?)

There are no rips nor tears and the taffeta is pliable. There is a water mark on one sleeve I have photographed for you and an area on the right shoulder that is a darker color. There is one stain on the lapel I have photographed for you.

The cuffs are great! They have a sewn pleated ruffle and an angular fold with three buttons sewn on it.

The back is obviously made to be worn with a bustle skirt. The lining is brown polished cotton with no rips nor tears.

Bust- 32" waist 22" sleeve length 22" top shoulder seam from collar 6 1/2"

From Me:

I think this is hideous but it has a lot of neat detailing so it comes here to live. :-)


  1. I love the color but can't say much about the large buttons. Kind of weird...

    1. I'm not sure what they were thinking with the buttons. It looks...bad. I think adding a contrasting color for the collar where the ugly buttons are would look fantastic but the way it is? Ugh.

  2. Those buttons look kind of modern to me. But it is unusual with using them as decorations.