Friday, September 27, 2013

Regency Era Front Closing Dress

From the seller:

This pretty apron front dress is a delight with it's cream background and small printed design all over. There is a deep frilled collar, and particularly beautiful sleeve caps made up of frills, with a little flap fastened with a tiny dorset button - most intricate! The sleeves are long to the wrist with frills at the cuff. The bodice is lined in cotton as are the sleeve caps. The bodice fastens at the front with ties, and as with all these types of dresses it needs patience to arrange on a mannequin. When worn it would have had the combination of these ties, together with small pins. However, when finally arranged for display it is extremely pretty and unusual.

The condition is very good. There are two pale marks on the skirt, one of which has nearly worn through to a hole. These could easily be conserved, or left as they are. It is a personal choice. Otherwise I can find no other faults on this 200 year old dress.

Measurements: Shoulder to hem 50". Waist round under the bust 29" approx. Across the shoulders 16" approx.

From me:

Not an apron front but a dog legged closure. An apron front would have a bib like flap to cover the bust area.

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