Monday, October 31, 2016
From the seller:
This is a vintage taffeta and organza 1920's 1930's woman's Halloween witch costume. It is amazing and in such beautiful condition. These costumes are quite rare and so very hard to find.
This dress consist of black taffeta which is embellished with organza orange flowers around the skirt, full collar that can be worn up or down and a silk rope that crosses the bust line and ties at the back of the waist. The underlining is the blouse of orange organza fabric which closes with eye hooks and snaps.
There is a long bib type tail that hangs down the front from the blouse. I am not quite sure how this attaches to the rest of the dress but it doesn't take away from the look or how the dress fits.
Label: The Mitchell Dress
Condition: I would have to say good to excellent. The dress is definitely in wearable condition. There are a few pin hole spots here and there on the taffeta but not noticeable unless you are looking for them. The organza is in amazing condition with only one area that I can see, which is under the left armpit where I see some fabric separation. (view photo) This is a very small area and I believe can be reinforced. Other than that this costume dress is in amazing condition for it's age and again quite a rare find.
Length- 43" (shoulder to hemline)
Collar width- 7.50"
Armhole Opening- 19"
Orange Organza Lining:
Shoulder to shoulder- 15"
Bodice- 16" (shoulder to waist)
Sleeve length- 12.50"
Sleeve opening - 12" around
Armhole opening- 16.50" around
I've been obsessed with 1920's Halloween costumes lately. They are either just too cute or just too weird to our eyes. I hope everyone had a frightfully delightful Halloween - I had to go to class (grad school) so I didn't get to do much more than dress up today.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
From the seller:
This is a vintage 1920's or 30's ivory silk or silky (I think it is silk but not positive) wedding gown or dress being offered as is because of a lot of damage. It is a slip-over dress with a drop waist and a sash around it that ties at the left side. There is a bow at the neck. The ruffle or bottom part is made of pleats. The measurements are 14" flat across the shoulders, 19" flat under the arms, a 36" drop waist and is 42" long with a 190" hem circumference because of all the pleats. The sleeves are 23 1/2" long with a 6 1/2" opening that closes with a snap. Condition is as is with tears at the sleeves, one coming off, tiny holes at the top with one slit under the bow, and a repair on the back left shoulder as seen in the 8th photo. The photos should show most of the damage. Most of the damage is to the top and sleeves but I would say about the bottom 25" or so is very good, maybe a scattered tiny hole or so. I hate to through anything out if someone can do something with it so if nothing else it is some great material to repurpose or make doll clothing. Please look at the pictures carefully with the mouse for all the damage, note the measurements and ask questions. Thank you for viewing.
I'm just facepalming over the idea of cutting it up to use for doll clothing. First, this is a pretty interesting 1920's piece - look at the way the skirt is designed on the bias. Second, if the fabric is tearing at the seams, it probably means it can be restored pretty nicely. It's when the fabric is just completely shattering everywhere that you have issues. Third, it is not a wedding gown! Just because something is white or ivory does not make it a wedding gown. One of my beach coverups must be a wedding gown by that logic! /facepalm
From the seller:
In very good preowned condition.
Bust 32-33, waist 26, hip free.
We take returns if not satisfied.
This dress is from the 1938/1939 time frame. The ruching down the front is similar to the second from the left in the 1938 fashion plate. The square neckline is similar to the red dress in the far right of the second 1939 catalog. The overlay is most similar to the black dress in the first catalog page. I love the look of netting over busy fabrics.
From the seller:
Beautiful Antique c1900 Victorian~Edwardian Day Tea Dress. This lovely gem is made of a soft white cotton lawn adorned with very fine hand embroidery flowers and delicate broiderie anglais lace and bobbin lace trim and inserts, very fine hand done pintucks. The skirt features 2 layers of lace, the top/upper layer is hand embroidered broiderie anglaise lace and the bottom/lower layer features beautiful bobbin lace. The dress closes in the back with MOP buttons (there are 3 missing buttons). It is in excellent wearable~displayable condition. There is a very well done repair on the back that is not very noticeable. (as shown). I have not laundered this lovely gem. The photos just do not capture the true charm of this lovely gem. I will be happy to supply additional photos upon request.
Bust- 13.5" (these measurements are side to side flat across)
Waist- 10" (these measurements are side to side flat across)
Shoulder to hem- 53"
Both the above fashion plates are from 1910. The neckline of the extant gown is similar the pale peach (lady with the parasol up) dress but the embroidery is more like the white one and the sleeves are like the lavender dress. :-)
Friday, October 28, 2016
From the seller:
DATING TO THE VICTORIAN TURN OF THE CENTURY
FASHIONED OF A SHEER INDIA MUSLIN IN BRIGHT PINK WITH A SMALL PRINT PATTERN AND EMBROIDERED DOT DETAIL
THE BODICE IS HEAVILY RUCHED ON TOP IN BOTH FRONT AND REAR
EMBROIDERED RUFFLES AT THE TOP COLLAR AND BOTTOM EDGE
DRAW STRING AT THE BOTTOM EDGE
SKIRT IN FULL FORM WITH PLEATS TRIMMING THE BOTTOM EDGE, SEVERAL SPOTS NEED THE PLEATS TACKED BACK, STITCHING HAS COME FREE SLIGHTLY
I CAN TELL THAT THE GOWN WAS OVERDYED AT ONE TIME, CANNOT TELL WHEN. THE TELL TALE SIGNS ARE THE EMBROIDERED TRIMS AND THE LINEN WAISTLINE. COLOR IS COMPLETELY EVEN AND HARD TO TELL, I WOULD ADD WHITE LACE OR EYELET TO OFFSET, REMOVING OR ADDING TO THE TRIM OF THE COLLAR AND CUFFS.
THE UNDERARM OF ONE SIDE HAS THE HOLES PICTURED, SEAMS WOULD FULLY RESOLVE
ONE THUMBPRINT OF A WHITE SPOT IS AT THE SIDE FRONT SKIRTING.
CONDITION IS OTHEWISE EXCELLENT, FULLY STRONG AND WEARABLE
MEASUREMENTS IN INCHES:
So...it's displayed horribly. I mean, I'm not even sure what the seller was trying to do.
First, it shouldn't be displayed over a crinoline. That went out of fashion about 30/40 years before this was popular.
Second, the shirt tails should be tucked in. I have no idea why they aren't.
|1900 Fashion Plate|
It's supposed to fall more like the pink dress in the above fashion plate.