Wednesday, September 10, 2014

1840's Dress Redesigned later







From the seller:

A magnificent 1850-1860 printed changeable silk dress. The fabric is a taupe color with a strong undertone of dark blue. The fabric has a white, rust and navy blue stripe pattern. The bodice has short cap sleeves that are trimmed with navy blue silk. The dress also comes with a set of extra sleeves. The neck, armscyes and waist are piped. The bodice is lined with cotton sand has a front hook and eye closure. The bodice front has navy blue silk decorative buttons. The full skirt is attached to the waist with cartridge pleating. The skirt is lined with cotton. The dress is in very good and sturdy condition. There are a couple of loose seams at the waist that will need minor re-stitching. There is some light underarm discoloration. There are no splits or holes in the fabric. There is a in inch L shaped tear on one the extra sleeves. A beautiful display dress. Bust 32 Waist 24 Skirt length 40 Width at hemline 154.

From Me:

The slope of the shoulders, the very "long" look of the bodice both point to this being from the 1840's. The lower edge of the bodice was probably cut off in the 1860's and the dress redesigned during the American Civil war.

A very happy Yellow 1920's Dress

















From the seller:

Antique vtg 1920s gold printed silk dress flapper, boned skirt, S

Lovely summer flapper! It is made of gold colored silk that at the time was called ‘paper taffeta’ because its look and feel recalls that of parchment paper.
Sunken waistline.
Tiers of fringe with handkerchief hemlines.
Two light semi-circular bones with ties are inserted at the second seam (see photos # 4, 5 and 6 ). The bones are located below the hip line. Ties allow variation in the width of the skirt. On the bone:’…feather bone trade mark”. The bones are really light and soft. Unlike the underskirt, they give the dress full but airy, slender and slightly sheer look. The skirt is lined with fine yellow cotton.

Shirring on the bodice sides (photo # 12).
Snap closure on the side.

Condition: very good. The dress has a period under side seam repair above the snap closure. The seam area is lined inside with the strip of another fabric (see photos #8 and 9 ). The strip is attached with hand and machine stitching. Less than 1/4” of another fabric is peaking at the seam, hardly noticeable.This area is stable and strong. The fabric has a few tiny pinholes (photos # 13 and 14 ). Three faint stripes on the back (photo # 15).

The silk is strong and durable. The dress is wearable and absolutely delightful.

Flat measurements :

Length- 38”, Bodice - 18”
Underarm to underarm in front - 18”
Waist - 32” (round)


From Me:

Yes, let's wear a dress that is almost a century old and see how long it lasts! *headdesk*

This dress has a lot of amazing features in it. The boning in the skirt is unusual - panniers came back in vogue for 1920's evening gowns. The darts are wonderful. The fabric is amazing and cheery. It really belongs in a museum and not on a hanger.

Green 1930's Evening Gown

From the seller:

For your consideration.A lovely,1930's, vintage,bias cut evening gown with bead work.This fabric could be a heavy crept,but not sure.It is green,and has a draped beaded neckline fitted waist,snug-fitting hip, and plunging V-back also beaded. It is cut on the bias,and a slip over the head style.It has wide back godets to give fullness to the skirt.It has one belt tie the other is missing,but these are not needed and will look good without the ties.There are two tears on seams,and light underarm stains.There is a light discoloration down the front,maybe a fade line.You can hardly see it.It is 55" long,with a 34" bust,26" waist and 34" hips.The seams are an easy repair no damage to fabric.A wonderful example of the mid 30's style.Always happy to combine shipping.

From Me:

I would LOVE to see this come back into style for the red carpet.

Teen's Era Swimsuit








From the seller:

Dimensions: [BACK] COLLAR TO HEM- 37" ARMPIT TO ARMPIT- 19 1/2" BUST- 42" WAIST- 30" SLEEVES- 4" Top half of an Edwardian swimming costume. Cute enough to wear as a dress! Navy blue wool blend fabric & faded red cotton trim. 2 red fabric buttons down the front & 3 hook & eye closures. Some moth damage but in great wearable shape. Beautiful sleeves & tiered ruffle skirt. Excellent vintage condition.

From Me:

Late teens era. By this point, the sleeves start to go away. Next, it will be shorter and shorter "skirts".

Friday, September 5, 2014

Early 1870's Bodice





 From the Seller:
DATING TO THE CIVIL WAR ERA

FASHIONED OF A VIBRANT PURPLE SILK TAFFETA

BELL PAGODA SLEEVES FLARING FULL WITH NOTCH CUT OUT

SPADE TAIL IN REAR, HIGH SIDES, STRAIGHT TAILS IN FRONT

HOOKS CLOSED UP THE FRONT WITH HAND HAMMERED HOOK AND EYES

FULLY BONED IN THE FRONT

SMALL SPATTER STAINING SEEN ON THE SIDE UNDER THE BUST, LOOKS LIKE METAL HOOKS OR BEADS DISCOLORED THE FABRIC

TRIM REMOVED FROM THE BOTTOM CUFFS EDGES

NO HOLES

STRONG WEARABLE CONDITION

MEASUREMENTS IN INCHES:
BUST: 32
WAIST: 24
REAR LENGTH: 21


From Me:


https://www.etsy.com/listing/44622270/walking-dress-ladies-vintage-victorian


....Wearable condition?!? I can't even...

Anyway, this one was a hard one to date. I think, based on the elongated front and the peplum at the back, that it's from the early 1870's. The fashion plate above is from 1871 and shows a similar waistline and hem treatment. You still see the wide sleeves at that point as well.

1880's Wedding Gown











From the seller:

This is a stunning 1883 gown worn by the woman who's name is on the note in the 4th photograph. This is a beautiful example of what an upper class woman would have worn for a wedding gown. This dress does have damage as photographed. There are spots on the back train of the dress where flowers once were. There is spotting on the gown and areas where the fabric has split probably due to the weight of the skirt. The bodice was too small for the mannequin but buttons up the front. I was told this gown belonged to the govenor of Massachusetts's wife. I have not done any research on the name listed in the note, thats up to the new owner! :) Bust: 31 Waist: 21 Shoulder seam to end of sleeve: 14 Waist of skirt: 22 length of waist to hem in the front of skirt: 41 1/2 Waist of skirt to end of train: 60

From Me:

"Wedding Dress of Isabella White Talbot (?) married June 6 1883 to Frederick Simmons Clark"

I wanted to make sure I wrote that out in case anyone is related to either of these two. :-)
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