Wednesday, December 18, 2013

1840's Blue Print Dress

From the seller:

An enchanting 1840’s blue and white print muslin dress. The bodice has a fan pleated front, a boned front waistline and rusging at the front waist. The shoulders, armscyes and waist are piped. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a back hook and eye closure. The back neckline has a drawstring closure. A section of ribbon drawstring is missing on one side. The skirt is unlined and attached to the waist with cartridge pleating. The dress is in very good condition. There is some light soiling on the back neckline and top pf the sleeves. There is a ¼ inch split in the fabric at the top of one sleeve, a few scattered age spots and a couple of tiny holes in the skirt. None of the flaws are major. Bust 32 Waist 24 Skirt length 40. A charming display dress.

From Me:

What I find fascinating about this dress is the back. Look at the pleating there to match the front!


  1. I love the fan-pleated front, but the back is fascinating!

    I'm wondering what she means by "rusging," though.

    1. Maybe she meant rushing? As in boning at the front waist? Not sure, but that makes sense to me.