Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Green and Pinkish Print Mid 1860's Bodice
From the seller:
A lovely late Victorian everyday bodice jacket, circa 1890's.
It is unusual to find everyday clothing from the Victorian Era.
The jacket is made of cotton - cream background w/a small green windowpane plaid & a tiny red print. Round neckline. 6 front buttons - white glass w/a red rim. Hand-stitched buttonholes - Victorian sewing machines were too cumbersome to stitch tiny buttonholes! Long sleeves w/a small ruffle on the cuff. The set-on waistband has a small loop of brown ribbon in the back - this tied to the petticoats to keep everything firmly in place.
Size - Large - actual measurements - bust 40", waist 30", length 15", shoulder to shoulder 17", sleeve 21"
Condition - Very good. The only flaw I saw is a slight amount of fraying along the back edge of the waistband.
A LOVELY VICTORIAN EVERYDAY BODICE JACKET.
This reminds me a lot of the green spring print one I posted a few years ago. Very similar colorways and similar in cut.
The bodice is from the mid to late 1860's. I'd say about 1865/1866, so too late for the American Civil War although I wouldn't see any issue with using a print similar to this for any re-enactments. (Face it, even then, fabric sat around for a while before it was used!)