Sunday, February 21, 2016

Turn of the Century Women's Gingham Bathing Suit

From the seller:

Edwardian 1900’s two piece ladies’ bathing suit. Black and cream check cotton flannel with black and gray cotton faille contrasting trim. Dress – High V-neck. Fitted at waist with pleats at waistband. Full skirt with stitched down pleats. Short puff sleeves with stitched down pleat and point at hem. Contrasting banded trim at neckline, applied waistband, applied sleeve & hem bands. Five celluloid black and ivorine buttons front, two self covered buttons back. Center back hook & eye closure. Full pleated bloomers – Button front. Inverted pleats center back waist. Swim dress is 1900’s vintage, NOT a costume or reproduction.

Approximate Measurements:
Bust – 37”
Sleeve, measured from seam to edge – 9 1/2”
Shoulder, measured from seam to seam across back yoke – 15 1/2”
Waist – 29”
Hip – 44”
Back length, measured from neck edge to bottom cuff edge – 44”
Waist – 28”
Back length, measured from waist seam to edge – 27 1/2”

Over all very good condition with light wear consistent with garment of this age and use. Dress shows soil mark at shoulder, discolor throughout and faded trim, mix and match hook & eyes. Period repair at center back waist. Bloomers show some light discolor, a few minor repairs and a missing button. Comes from smoke free environment.

From Me:

I think the main swimsuit is slightly earlier than the seller believes just because of the sleeves.

1899 Fashion Plate

Both this and the burgundy/brown one are from the very late 1890's. The black and white striped one is probably from the late 1910's.

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