Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sweet Early 1880's Summer Dress

From the seller:

A charming 1880’s embroidered muslin bustle summer dress. The fabric has an overall small white leaf pattern. The bodice is trimmed with lace on the hemline and sleeve cuffs. The bodice is partly lined with cotton. The sleeves are unlined. It has a front button closure. The bustle skirt has a lace trimmed apron draped front panel. The bottom hemline has four ruffles. The skirt is unlined. The dress is in good and clean condition. There are mends on the lower edge of the sleeves and a thumb size hole in the back bustled area. Bust 30 Waist 22 Skirt length 39 ½.

From Me:

1883 Fashion Plate
1883 Fashion Plate

The extant dress, to me, looks like a combo of the wedding gown in the first fashion plate and the blue and white striped dress in the second one. There isn't enough "junk in the trunk" for the later bustle gowns but there is still more to the backside than the Natural Form gowns. This is why I believe this one is from about 1883.

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