Saturday, September 24, 2016

Turn of the Century Lace Gown

From the seller:
Label: none

Off-white Battenburg lace 2-piece wedding gown from the early 1900s
The bodice has a ruffled silk chiffon yoke and ruffles on the sleeve cuffs
Attached velveteen pleated cummerbund
Lined in silk and muslin inside with stays
Hooks and eyes in center front
The trained skirt is lined in silk with rows of ruffles around the hem
Attached to the ruffles is a crinoline and lace ruffle
This is a great restoration project, or use the fabric for other projects

Sold as is...The lace has some broken connecting threads here and there especially around the bottom, but generally in very good condition
All of the silk has shattered and must be removed
The bottom ruffles and silk chiffon pieces are salvageable

These measurements are taken flat with a flexible measuring tape...You have to be smaller than the measurements to allow room for ease:

There is no size tag, fits an xxs
Shoulder to shoulder: 13 inches
Sleeve length: 22 inches
Bust: 30 inches
Waist: 22 inches
Hip: 40 inches
Skirt length center front: 41 inches
Skirt length center back: 55 inches
Remember, vintage is NOT new...This is previously worn and will show minor wear...I have inspected and mentioned any noticeable or detracting flaws, noting whether this garment is wearable or not...If not, it can still be appreciated and used for fabric, pattern or construction study...This is sold As Found...Repairing flaws, cleaning, spot removal and pressing is the responsibility of the buyer, as I don't want to damage the garment.

From Me:

Although this is a wedding dress, I'm pretty sure, it's a few years older than the seller believes. The fluff around the neckline meant to make the shoulders look big, make me think this one is from about 1897/1898.

1897 Fashion Plate

The silk of the underdress is completely shattered but, like all old textiles, it still tells us much. The hem is pretty well preserved even if the skirt itself is not. There are a ton of ruffles along the hem meaning this dress was to stand out a bit from the wearer. The lace overdress would have been expensive as well as the silk taffeta. The colors and the general expense do make it out to be more of a wedding gown than a simple fancy ball gown - also the high neckline would be more appropriate for a wedding.

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