Friday, January 1, 2016
Happy New Year!!!
From the seller:
A vividly printed 1860’s Civil War era challis dress. The fabric has a large white and burgundy floral print centered in a hunter green box. The background color is burgundy. The pattern is laid out in a stripe design. The bodice has full pagoda styled sleeves and a short cap over sleeve. The sleeves are decorated with black and green velvet trim. The front of the bodice is pleated with piping over the bust area. The neck and armscyes are piped. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a back hook and eye closure. The skirt is unlined. The skirt hemline has been turned up and there is a small section of missing fabric is this area. (See last photo.) This does not affect the dress when displayed. The dress is in very good and sturdy condition. There are a few small scattered holes in the skirt. There is no underarm discoloration. Bust 30 Waist 22 Skirt length 38.
It's 1860's but it has a lot of elements that are older as well. The sleeves are 1850's. The dress print looks 1840's. This dress has been many things in it's life. Also, the skirt seems a bit on the shorter side - it may have been for a teen or a petite woman.