Tuesday, April 21, 2015
1880's Bustle Era Dress With Green Velvet Details
The dress was listed as 1870s, but i don't think could be more 80s if it tried? Its a pale greeny beige, maybe it was a stronger green to start with, and is made of wool, with velvet lapels. She's tiny, i had to partially unstuff the mannequin to get the bodice on - the waist is 21 inches. The skirt is one of those great ones that doesn't need a lot under it, it does all the work itself - it has a button attached at the centre back waistband, which i'm guessing was to make sure you didn't put it on backwards? Its like a puzzle with a multitude of pleats and gathers.
I love the military on acid shoulder detail, same as the neckline - i think something would have been worn underneath, otherwise its quite daring. The bodice is fully boned, and quite a short length - maybe a young persons style?
Having ribbons on your shoulder was a thing in 1886, as the above fashion plates show. The lack of the basque waist and the shaping to the sleeves also suggest a mid to late 1880's date.
Thank you for sharing, Simon!