Tuesday, August 26, 2014

1870's Sheer Bustle Era Dress

From the seller:

Ravishing 1870s trained bustle gown

Sublime authentic 1870s bustle gown made of white gauze with elaborate ruching and pleats.

It features a tight fitted bodice with pointy front and back, fully ruched. The long sleeves have three rows of knife pleats at the cuff. The closure is in front with eyes and hooks. It is lined in white cotton. The lining is constructed as a ball gown top - it fits just off the shoulder, lace trimmed and it has short pouf sleeves.

The skirt is a work of art onto itself. It has a flat front with ruching and pleated ruffles on the bottom. The bustle full back consists of an internal skirt (with pleated ruffles) and the external bustle. This is gathered into drapes, it is semi detached and it has an undulating, pleated ruffle in the bottom. Closes in the back with one eye and hook. No lining.

Hand sewn.

Underarm discoloration

Excellent antique condition - unbelievable - still white and strong

Measurements taken flat:

length 41" front

52" back

circumference bottom 552"

waist 24.5"

ruffle 11"

Remarkable example of the 1870s fashion

Sold as is as found

From Me:

I'm so happy to see the seller using gloves. (I admit, I don't alway use gloves. I do always wash my hands before handling any of the antique garments)


  1. Gorgeous! I love the sheer dresses. I'd love to recreate this one.

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