Friday, September 27, 2013

Late Edwardian Summer Dress

From the seller:

A romantic1900 Edwardian white tea dress. The dress is lavishly decorated with eyelet trim, embroidered flowers and vines and inserts of Cluny lace. The bodice has a high neck insert made of Cluny lace. The lace is laid over net lace. The sleeves, front panel and lower edge of the skirt are all trimmed in this manner. The dress is unlined and has a back button closure. It is in excellent and wearable condition. There are no holes, no underarm discoloration and no age spotting. It would make a wonderful wedding dress. Bust 34 Waist 26 Hips 36 Skirt length 41.

From Me:

Probably about 1908 or so.

Edwardian Pink Ball Gown

From the seller:

This is a vintage Victorian era 1880s pink silk ball gown. It is made of pastel pink silk and white stripe floral damask brocade fabric, with ecru lace trim cuffs. The one piece ball gown has a corseted lace-up back, which is missing the lacing, short puffy sleeves, a side panel drape, bustle back long train skirt and is fully lined with stays boning inside. Great for Design!

Condition: Vintage As-is Fair Condition. Frayed Stained Underarms. Stain on Front Side Skirt Drape. Frayed Bottom Hemline Skirt. Label: None

Measurements: Front Length 50" Back Length 68" Bust 28" Waist 22"

From Me:

I know the swag over the front does look Bustle Era-ish, but the sleeves, lack of bustle, and the rest of the styling all scream 1900's.

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.

American Civil War Printed Silk Dress

From the seller:

Here is a Lovely ANTIQUE 19THC SILK GREEN & BLACK FLORAL PATTERNED DRESS WITH PAGODA LOOKING SLEEVES. I know very little about antique dresses myself (I'm just a guy), but looks like it may be Civil War Era vintage. There were a number of nice period dresses and bonnets in the estate auction where I purchased this dress. The dress from the top of the neck to the bottom is approx. 55" long. It has green silk covered buttons in the front. There are what look like more recent metal clasps and eyelets which hook on the inside. There is a newer white linen tag on the inside of one of the sleeves with a number on it which may be a collection inventory number of some kind? It is not in perfect condition. There are a number of tear and deterioration spots to the top layer silk with worst areas around the top neck and tops of sleeves areas. There are also a number of reinforcement stitch repairs to other tear lines around the bottom of dress (see close-up example) and several in middle of dress too. Still, a very pretty antique dress. There is no bad odor to dress.

Look for my other nice Old Items I am listing as well. See listing for payment and shipping details. Feel free to email me with any questions. Thanks for looking!

On Sep-14-13 at 16:23:47 PDT, seller added the following information:

NOTE: It's been suggested I add dress dimensions to description, so I will do my best. Laying the dress flat and measuring across Bust and multipying x2 is approx. 34" Bust. Measuring the waist across flat and multiplying x2 it is approx. 27" Waist. Hanging the dress from a hanger with front buttoned up, it is more like 53" long from top to bottom from the front and maybe more like 55" measuring from the rear. I'm not an expert at measuring dresses, so please use these as approximations.

From Me:

I love that the sleeves are lined with the green silk only so far and then you see that cotton lining. Also, another example that the Victorians loved color!

Fabulous 1890's Fall Dress

From the seller:

A fetching 1895 light burgundy wool and dark burgundy velvet once piece dress. The bodice has full leg of mutton styled sleeves and a front insert of velvet that extends from the neckline to the edge of the skirt hemline. The shoulders and sleeve cuffs are trimmed with wool rosettes. The back of the dress has a free flowing attachment that is trimmed with a large velvet bow. The dress is lined with cotton and has a hidden front button closure. The dress is in very good condition. There are a few tiny scattered moth nips in the wool fabric and very light underarm discoloration. There is a two inch circle age mark on the back attachment and the lining has a 5 inch split and a 7 inch old period mend. (See last photo.) Bust 32 Waist 26 Length from shoulder to hemline 56 inches.

From Me:

Isn't this just the perfect autumn dress?

Post American Civil War Bonnet

From the seller:

Truly wonderful antique Victorian Civil War 1860’s era woven bonnet/hat with velvet & ribbon. The base of the hat is a woven straw type material and it is embellished with periwinkle blue ruching on the top of the hat and adorned with blue velvet daisies and ivory velvet leavesand gross grain ribbon bow. It is lined in silk (some age to it) see pictures for details, and ties just under the chin with a blue and gray gross grain ribbon. The ribbon is still in place, but is deteriorating. The original design is still in place and can authentically be repaired. Also the hat has a thin wire to hold its’ shape, that need a couple of stitches to hold it in place.

From Me:

I'm very curious if this bonnet was for half mourning. The flowers look black to me (maybe a faded black, but black) and I wouldn't be surprised if some of the "ivory" was originally white. The bonnet itself fits the later styles that were worn in the early Bustle period.

1930's Bias Cut Dress

From the seller:

Incredible vintage 1920s/1930s, pale peach, sheer, silk chiffon gown.

Long, bias cut dress features a V neckline and long flowing skirt. There are plain, straight shoulder straps. Covering these straps are gathered straps which can be worn on the top of the shoulders, or beautifully draped across the top of the arms. There is a long belt, attached to the back, which ties in the front. The back is just as fabulous with a long, flowing, drape which is attached along the V-shaped seam at the low back. The gathered overstraps meet low at the center back forming a deep V to the back neckline. Even the side snap closure is beautiful!

MEASUREMENTS: Unlabeled. Please refer to the measurements below. These are of the item, not the wearer. This is a bias cut and has a little give to the fabric. Compare with a similar garment for best fit. I wear a modern size 4 and this fits me well.
•Bust: 34 inches
•Waist: 29 inches
•Hips: 37 inches
•Length, from shoulder top to hemline: 53 inches

From Me:

This is why I haven't been posting 1930's until now. It looks positively modern. You could, easily, see this cut and style in a store today. Fashion began to stop then.