Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mid to Late 1860's Dress

From the seller:

We’re back with more items from our friend with MS who is liquidating her extensive collection of antique clothing and accessories so keep checking for more items, as I will be adding items all the time.
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This charmingly simple semi-sheer cotton print dress was made for maternity wear. The back is fitted like a regular dress, with a set in waistband and the skirt is tightly gauged, while the front has a simple waist seam with the skirt more lightly gathered below a double row of drawstrings in internal casings to adjust the front of the waist as needed.
The bodice is lined in white cotton that fastens up the front with hooks and eyes, independent of the fashion fabric. The bottom edge of the lining at the front is also detached to better accommodate the ever-changing figure. The bishop sleeves have a cap lining and close at the wrists with hooks and thread loops. The skirt is unlined with a pocket in the right side seam. The hem was turned up 6 inches then the bottom edge was turned up another 1 inch.

Condition: Someone tried to mend many of the tears in the delicate fabric with lightweight iron-on patches on the inside, with various degrees of success. The center front skirt opening has split down about another 12 inches in addition to a number of other smaller splits and tears scattered around the garment.

Measurements: Bust: 36 inches (91.4 cm), Waist: free, Skirt length: 41.5 inches (105 cm), Hem circumference: 156 inches (397 cm)

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From Me:

Most likely from about 1865 give or take a year.

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