Friday, March 29, 2013

1890's Floral Dress

From the seller:

This beautiful Victorian gown is made from a brocade silk satin with small flowers. It has a cranberry velvet collar trimmed with black jet beads, a velvet belt and velvet on the sleeves. The bodice is lined in silk, with bones in the seams, the lining is shattering and needs to be replaced. Underarms are good, there's wear on the folded edges and on some of the high points of the gathers of the sleeves. The belt is detatched from the bottom edge of the bodice, when you sew it back, it will cover the worn edge around the bottom. It problaby had a panel of lace or tulle in the center front, now all that shows is the taffeta lining. It measures 33 1/2 inches around the bust, waist is 25, across the back shoulder is 10 1/8 inches and it;s 18 inches from shoulder to longest point in center front. The skirt has a new waistband and they put velcro to close it (ugh), the lining is going, 2 of the lining gores are very damaged, the rest are not bad, the ruffle around the bottom of the lining is not good. The brocade overall is fine, but has wear on the fold of some of the seams and a also on the bottom of the hem. It measures about 22 1/2 inches around the waist if you line up the placket, but with the velcro it will go a bit bigger, hips are full and it's 38 1/4 inches long. A beautiful display dress or a fairly easy restore.

From Me:

The print is really quite cute and the dress is neat with it's unusual closing.

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