Monday, March 25, 2013

1870's Black Bustle Era Outfit

From the seller:

Label: none

Featured in this auction is an elaborate bustled hostess or mourning gown, circa 1870s-80s...It has pleats, tucks and rosettes...The overskirt is a separate piece from the trained skirt...Both close with hooks and eyes...The jacket is boned and has crochet buttons down the center front...It is interlined and even has padded perspiration guards under each arm...I couldn't button it because it is too small for my mannequin...The orange stripe is the selvedge and not visible when buttoned...The skirt is also underlined and has a hidden pocket on one side...It is mostly hand stitched with the seams being machine stitched...There is a row of broken stitches holding the edge piece from the overskirt on the left side in the back, 2 missing hooks on the waistband and some dirt under the bottom ruffle of the skirt in the center back from dragging on the ground...This is the only evidence that it has been worn...Otherwise, all pieces are in nearly mint condition...Not included is the round pad I used to create the bustle and the piece of black lace down the center front...Additional photos are in the gallery at the top of the listing.

It doesn't have a size label but fits a modern size 00, meaning it is very tiny...These measurements are taken flat with a flexible measuring tape...You have to be smaller than the measurements to allow room for ease:
Jacket: Center back to end of sleeve: 29 inches
Bust: 32 inches
Waist: 24 inches
Length center back to waist: 15 inches
Skirt: Waist: 23 inches
Hip: full
Length center front from waist: 39 inches

From Me:

I'm going with 1870's because of the way the skirt is and the design elements on the sleeves.

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