Friday, May 22, 2015
Late 1860's Partially Finished Dress
From the seller:
A 19THC. ladies watered silk bodice and skirt..and one other panel. It seems a work in progress or it was altered later.The watered silk taffeta is very nice.The skirt has two layers.. The fabric from selvage to selvage is less than 21". The extra piece measures apprx.59" by 8 1/2" at top as a strip was cut off..so top 19" part of panel measures as that.. the rest has the selvage on both sides.
In very good condition,a few tiny spots and pindot openings..minor.. fabric is very strong. this was part of early clothing that was stored away for a long time so has a storage smell..needs to be cleaned.....All items we list need to be cleaned.
Most likely 1868 or about then based on the skirt shape and the high waistline of the mostly finished bodice.
The lady spying on her neighbors in the above fashion plate has similar trim on her shoulders to what we see in the extant gown. The fashion plate is from 1868. Unfortunately for the lady that started this project, it appears to have been in her UFO pile for a bit too long...