Thursday, September 5, 2013

1890's Brown Bodice

From the seller:

Victorian 1890's Bodice, made from a brown silk with a woven stripe. It has huge leg o mutton sleeves and hooks down the front. The lining is cotton and it has boning in the seams. Both underarms have some damage, but with the full sleeves mends wouldn't show and there's a small tear in one back side seam, the lining is torn at the center back. It measures 33 inches around the bust, waist is 24 1/2 inches, across the back about 4 inches down from base of the neck is 11 3/4 inches and it's 16 inches long from the shoulder in front.

From Me:

Sleeves of Doom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!!!


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    1. :-) To my eye, they look like they may have been put on upside down - the shoulder is at the elbow and the elbow at the shoulder. Normally, with the 1890's, the sleeves go up at the shoulder to create that puff sleeve that Anne of Green Gables always spoke of. This goes out at the shoulders (more common in the 1830's) but puffs down as the elbow - hence why I think the sleeve might be upside down. This might be a bodice from an ancestor's UFO pile...

  2. > This might be a bodice from an ancestor's UFO pile...