Monday, May 13, 2013

There must be a late Victorian Country song to go with this dress....







From the seller:

This antique Victorian era gold brown autumn maple leaf silk moire dress bodice and skirt dates from 1890. It is made of a gold and brown watered silk moire fabric, with a autumn fall maple leaf print design. There is bronze beaded trim edging the bodice. This lovely leaf print two piece visiting gown includes a bodice, with gigot leg of mutton sleeves, a high neck band collar with rosette trim on back, peplum skirted back drape, a bright yellow silk fabric front insert dickey, hook closures and is fully lined in a yellow cotton calico print fabric with stays boning sewn inside. The bodice measures 17 inches long, with a 26 inch waist, 32 inch bust, 10 inch back and 20 inch long sleeves. There is a matching print fabric long floor length full skirt, with brown velvet trim hemline and hook closures on the back. The skirt measures 41 inches long, with a 28 inch waist. The bodice is in as-is fair condition, needing some work, with fraying on the silk dickey front, no waistband and loose beaded trim. There is also some fraying along the sleeves and under the arms (see close-up). The skirt is in very good wearable condition. This is great for design and is still a wonderful piece of unique antique textile wearable art!


From me:

I thought this was a costume at first until I saw the insides and the wear patterns. No, it's an 1890's camouflage (which wasn't even invented until WWI!) dress. Perhaps for some duck hunting? All I can really seen in my head with this dress is a John Deere green hat done in an 1890's style with a John Deere hat pin and she totally needs a beer bottle holder somewhere on this dress....

6 comments:

  1. Redneck debutante dress! I need this.

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    1. We need to figure out what the late Victorian equivalent of a stretch pick-up is so you can arrive in style. ;-)

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  2. Finallly something new for my Pinterest board "Ugly clothing" :)

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  3. Camo... with neon yellow plastron covering the center mass. Perfect.

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    1. It's probably saffron dyed if you wanted to try and recreate it. ;-)

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