Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Late 1830's Dress

From the seller:

An early 1840’s cotton print hand stitched dress. The fabric has a stripe umbrae pattern from royal blue to green. One of the stripe patterns has a pink rose design. The tops of the sleeves are ruched. The shoulders, armscyes and waist are all piped. The bodice is lined with homespun linen and has a back hook and eye closure. The front seam on the bodice has a period alteration, probably for nursing purposes. The skirt is attached with cartridge pleating. The hemline is lined with a cotton stripe fabric. The dress is in good condition. There is 1 nickel size and one tiny pea size hole on the edge of the hemline and 1 2 inch period mend in the same area. There are areas of discoloration on the stripe lining at the edge of the skirt and a couple of small period mend in the lining. (See photos.) There is a small area of underarm discoloration on the inside lining only. A wonderful dress to add to an early textile collection. Antique clothing is for display and should not be worn. Bust 30 Waist 24 Skirt length 40.

From Me:

The waistline seems to high for the early 1840's - when the long waist look was in. I'm thinking 1837.

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