Monday, February 22, 2016

American Civil War Era Bodice

From the seller:

A beautiful 1860’s taupe and white plaid silk wedding bodice. The bodice was originally part of a wedding dress that was worn by L.L. Lawrence in Jan. 1863. The bodice comes with an old handwritten note. The bodice has full pagoda styled sleeves. The bodice is embellished with forest green pleated silk trim on the front opening, sleeves and center back peplum. The trim is held in place with white silk bands. The back peplum is also trimmed with decorative buttons. The inside of the sleeves are lined with white silk and trimmed with white silk trim. The trim is held in place with black velvet bands. The bodice is in very good and sturdy condition. There are a few tiny holes in the shoulder area and underarm discoloration on the inside lining only. There are a few missing buttons on the front. Bust 31 ½ Waist 22.

From Me:

1862 Fashion Plate

The trim on the bodice is meant to mimic the bodice in the fashion plate. This style was very popular in 1862/1863.  Those that do Civil War re-enacting?  This is a great bodice to recreate.

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