Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Red Turn of the Century Dress

From the seller:

D441,1890's Burgundy & Ivory Print Bustle Gown: This dress is from the 1890's. This period is the last of the bustle period. I believe that someone has altered the skirt and taken out part of the back fabric. I think that it was fuller at one time. There is also a very old metal zipper sewn in at the waist band of the skirt. See photo. The bodice is lined, and the skirt is unlined. The bodice has two taffeta patches that are 3 x 3 inches and 3 x 4 inches long. They are located under the arms. The skirt is missing its button at the waist band. There is a 3.5 inch fade spot on the lower hem of the dress. It does have some of the old trunk smell so typical of clothing that has been stored for a hundred years. The bust of the bodice is 29, the waist is 22 and the shoulders are 11.5. The waist of the skirt is 24, the length of the skirt is 35 and it is 129 inches around the hem of the skirt. If you are tiny enough this garment could be worn with care. The bidding will start at $0.99 with no reserve.

From Me:

Yeah, I know. I'm thinking it too. At least the dress is pretty -even if she just *had* to put a freaking hoop and bustle under a dress that had neither back in the day. And yes, the zipper was added much later - probably for Halloween.

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