Friday, July 22, 2016
1850's Wrapper Dress with a Crazy Print
From the seller:
A charming 1860’s printed challis dress that has been de-accessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The fabric has a red and blue stripe pattern on a brown and tan background. The dress has pagoda styled sleeves. The front of the dress and sleeve cuffs are trimmed with bands of black velvet. The waist is loose in the front and fitted on the sides and back. The dress might have been worn for maternity purposes. The bodice is lined with cotton and the lining has a hook and eye closure. The front of the bodice has a snap closure and the skirt has a black velvet frog closure. The skirt is lined with cotton. The dress is in very good and sturdy condition. There is light underarm discoloration on the inside lining and a few scattered small holes but not major. B 32 W 34 Skirt length 40 Width at hemline 140.
Sorry I haven't been posting much lately. I've been in full Pennsic prep mode and will be AWOL mostly until August 13th. I will be living it up like it's 1499 somewhere in the middle west of Pennsylvania.
I think this is 1850's although it certainly could have been worn in the 1860's. The reason for my date of 1850's is because of the fabric. The way it's styled, the print and colors look too similar to many other 1850's wrappers. Like this one or this one .