Tuesday, March 4, 2014

1880's Brown Velvet Bustle Outfit

From the seller:

ca 1880's Brown Wool / Velvet Bustle Dress / Gown Sm

This lovely 1880's bustle dress is made from brown wool challis and luxurious brown silk velveteen. The jacket is lined in tan and orange striped cotton, it hooks down the front and has a pleated front that covers the closure. There's pleats coming from the waist in center front and fanning out, the seams are trimmed with hand done featherstitching. THe front of the velvet is looks to give the look of a bolero, the velvet front is lined in brown silk. The jacket measures 30 inches around the bust, across the back shoulder is 11 3/4 inches, waist is 23 and from shoulder to center front point is 19 inches long. The skirt is draped across the front, it has 2 panels of velvet on the side trimmed with draped silk cording and dangles. The back of the skirt is tightly pleated in the center and the skirt is lined in cotton. The wool has a few small scattered holes and 2 dangles are missing, but overall excellent. It measures 22 inches around the waist, hips are full and it's 39 1/2 inches long. Excellent vintage condition. It was de-accessioned from a museum and the inventory tags attached.

From Me:

Early 1880's - just as the bustle was making it's comeback.

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