Monday, December 17, 2012

Turn of the Century Blouse

From the seller:
Beautiful silk bodice, c. 1900, it has ivory ribbon with blue round designs to trim, feather stitching, thread work inerts with tiny lace appliques threaded through. The same delicate lace appliques adorn the front of the bodice in diagonal designs. There are many tucks taken throughout, some of them look to be hand sewn. It's lined with cotton and boned, the sleeves are unlined. The see through threadwork inserts in front are lined with chiffon, which is holding up pretty well. The lining and outer layer fasten with hooks and eyes. There are 3 threadwork buttons and loops at each wrist. The "Leg of mutton" variation sleeves date it to the early part of the first decade of the 20th century.

It measures about 38" around at the bust, 26" at the waist, it's 13" between the shoulder seams in back.

Very good condition, with one underarm with some mild discoloration and one tiny hole, there is one other tiny hole at the back shoulder area. The collar has what remains of a silk taffeta lining, which could be removed.

From Me:

You can see a fashion plate from 1902 that looks very similar to this blouse.

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