Thursday, March 28, 2013

Very Faded Blue and Red Fantastic Bathing Suit!

From the seller:

Adorable bathing costume with sailor collar and bow knot. I think it is from the 1890s because of the very full sleeves. The fabric is medium blue wool with bright red braid trim. The original color was a shade darker as seen in protected places, but still not navy, lighter. The rompers consist of a bodice and attached bloomers. The opening is in front, with a hook and eye on top and the bloomers are buttoned closed. The front neck piece buttons to the bodice on the right side, as seen in photos 7 and 8. The skirt is separate and buttons to the romper at the front, sides, and back. I believe there was elastic at the bottom of the sleeves and legs but it is now all stretched out. The outfit is most unlined. The few places it is faced it is mostly with self fabric, except the skirt waistband, which is faced with cotton. The whole outfit shows age related damage, with holes and places where the fabric has nearly worn through. I don't think this could be worn without more damage. The swim bonnet will be listed separately and is not part of this auction. The most important measurement is the waist as the top and bottom of the rompers fit loosely. The waist is 25 1/2 inches, the bust is around 33 and the hip is around 35. The bust and hip could be bigger but the outfit would fit tight. The back waist is 15 and the skirt is 24 inches long measured from the bottom of the waistband. Please ask any questions. Unfortunately, I have had a little bit of a problem lately with people not paying when they win the auction, so I will expect payment within 4 days or I will relist and give negative feedback. What do they say about a few bad apples? :)

From Me:

This is so terribly cute! It's from the Turn of the Century, most likely early 1900's.


  1. This is so adorable! I can't believe I missed it!

    One thing I haven't missed: how amazing this blog is. I not only enjoy it immensely, I stand behind your mission to preserve info about these fleeting pieces. For all you hard work, I would like to award you the "Very Inspiring Blogger Award."

    Keep up the excellent work! :)


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    1. Isn't it neat looking? I rather like the super faded almost gray better than the original blue.