Sunday, May 10, 2015

1890's (?) Winter Bodice

From the seller:

This boned bodice is so beautiful with its cascading sleeves and fine details. It has a tweed pattern which I believe to made of cotton. It is very soft. The main colors are ecru and gray. There are also tiny specks of pink and green in the fabric which are difficult to see in these photos. The jacket has lush green velvet details on the cuffs, shoulders, collar and the front which covers the hook and eye closure. The velvet is in great condition except for the collar which has worn at the edges of the neckline. There is metal work, sequins and clear glass beads that overlay the velvet areas. A silk bow graces both the back and front middle of the bodice. The front bow has loosened and needs to be stitched back into place. One of the velvet shoulder trims is loose and also needs to be stitched securely. The tweed fabric has suffered damage. It has several pin holes as well as worn spots that have thinned the fabric. There are also larger holes or worn areas that range in size from 1/4 inch to 2 inches. Please refer to the photos as they are much more descriptive than i can be.

Measurements - I take these with the garment laid flat.
Shoulders- 18 inches
Bust- 32 inches
Waist- 26 inches
Sleeve- 22 inches
Front length from collar to bottom hem - 15 inches
Back length from collar to bottom hem- 17 1/2 inches

From Me:

My only concern with this one is that some elements to it look modern. I'm not sure if this is an actual extant garment or a really good but older costume piece.


  1. What drew your attention? I didn't spot anything out of place, if anything it would be the main fabric itself, but still looks legit to me. Please do share you wisdom if you have time.

    1. The fabric is one part - normally, if you have a velvet, you also have a silk, not a tweed. The fabric just doesn't look quite right. I'd love to get a look at it in RL because it looks like some of that 1990's acrylic I used to play with when I was learning to sew.

      The insides also just don't mesh right. Normally, the edges are bound or sewn on the inside. Also, the insides typically have a contrasting color thread along the seams.

      The trim doesn't look like it was sewn on for a long time, just tacked on - particularly the cuffs. It would be common to take such a shortcut for a film.