Monday, January 12, 2015

Blue with Black Velvet Accents 1890's Dress

From the seller:

It pains me to sell this, but it's time to let someone else love it. This is a brilliant blue silk taffeta with dark navy velvet accents and beautiful lace yoke area. The fabric is super strong, great quality and I don't think it was worn very much. It could possibly have been used as a wedding dress at the time. The dress is small, as is nearly all period clothing.

The dress looks like it could have been originally from the late 1870's/80's to me because of full bodice length button front (hidden)that went out of fashion in the 90's. I'm guessing the extra material that would have been in the skirt at that time was used to expand the sleeves to the amazing leg-o-mutton shape they are today and create the more modern front overlapping closure. There are no existing buttons, but you can see the remaining button holes.

I'm not an expert at lace, but this is really thick and strong. It does have some breaks, but seems easy to fix by someone who knows lace a little. Someone tried to adjust the waistline and it was done poorly, though there is no permanent damage.

Please look carefully at photos (they are the best description) and ask any questions before purchasing as I do not offer refunds.

From Me:
....Yeah, no. This was not a remade from dress. Fastening your bodice with a ridiculous amount of hooks and eyes is simply the way they did it until the Teen's Era. This is so 1890's. The orange dress in this fashion plate from 1896 is very similar.