Sunday, November 17, 2013

1860's Colorful Sheer Dress

From the seller:

A very lovely dress in it's day, probably the mid 1860's, this is a sheer, mid-weight challis dress with a multi-colored embroidered pattern on a flecked ground. There are four buttons present, of probably six original. The bodice is stayed, the camisole style lining has sleeves. The hem and sleeves are trimmed with different colors of silk rick rack, the skirt is unlined.

It's in poor shape, there are tears and wear around the shoulders, there is wear to the buttonhole area and waistband area, plus some holes scattered to the front of the bodice. Although they have separated from the rest of the bodice towards the back, the sleeves, which are lined with a fine gauze, are in fairly good condition, with a few seam separations and light spots. The shoulder seams look to have been resewn. The back and sides of the bodice have also held up a little better than the front, most of the damage is at the buttonhole area. The skirt, except for the waistband, is in fairly good condition, with several separations along the seams, some fraying at the bottom ruffle, a few spots, but no general deterioration. I have shown it over a petticoat, the skirt is not lined, has a nice train.

I am offering this dress with no reserve.

From Me:

First, I would LOVE this dress if it weren't for the clown buttons. The fabric is simply delightful. And the varied colored trim? Fabulousness....ruined by clown buttons.

Second, not a train. Rather, this is from the tail end of the Civil War going into post war/early bustle. The hoop skirt would have jutted back.

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