Monday, April 14, 2014

Turn of the Century Combinations












From the seller:

A gorgeous antique Victorian corset cover / pantaloons slip that's made on a lightweight white linen and beautifully detailed with wide scallop lace cuffs and a lace bodice. The waist has wide open eyelets to thread a ribbon thru to cinch the waist. I imagine that the bodice once had a drawstring around the neckline to hold it in place but there's none there now. There's tiny pearl button closures in the back.
VINTAGE ~ ~ Victorian

LABEL ~ ~~ ~

FABRIC ~ ~~ linen

MEASUREMENTS ~ ~~ 32" length, 37" bust, free waist now

CONDITION ~ ~ Excellent antique condition.



From Me:

I think the top would have had ribbon straps to hold it in place rather than a drawstring. This combinations is from the mid Edwardian era.

Titanic Era Dress









From the seller:

DESCRIPTION:

1900s 1910s Antique Vintage Edwardian Titanic Silk Wedding Dress

Exquisite design from a bygone era. Beautiful lace insets, flowing layered skirt with back train. Back closure. Please take into account that this is a fragile piece of history and may not be suitable for wear.

CONDITION: Good for its age with the following to note. There are faint discoloration marks, the silk is fragile, there is one tear at each armpit ( there was an attempt to repair one side) The hooks and eyes at the back require reinforcement and there are few are missing. There is dust on the train. The lace is dry. There is partial frayed lining inside the bodice. Do not miss out!

Bust(approx.): 32/33
Waist (approx.):24
Hips: 32/34
Length: shoulder to hem 54 (without the train), shoulder to waist 16



From Me:

Based on the handkerchief bust design, this is probably from about 1913. The blue/green dress in the first fashion plate on this page has the same bust design. This dress is more modest with it's lace inset.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Late 1920's Dress








From the seller:


1920's Heavily Beaded Black Silk Chiffon Flapper Dress b- 41



This lovely 1920s' beaded flapper dress is made from black silk chiffon and has flowers or dots made from heavy white opaque glass seed beads. It ties at the neck with silk ribbon with white beaded fringe on the ends. There are tabs on the sides at the hips that gathers the fabric a little on the hips, one needs to be secured. One beaded dot is missing the beads in the center, some seams are pulled open and there are scattered small holes, over a black slip, most would not show, but there are some on the shoulders and neck. It measures 41 inches around the bust, across the back shoulder is 14, waist is 36, hips are 47 and it's approx. 42 1/2 inches long. It was de-accessioned from a museum and is in very good vintage condition.


From Me:

This would be a great dress to recreate for anyone interested in starting historical costuming. It really is two rectangles with two smaller rectangles for sleeves and ties at the side. A very simple cut but it's the fabric that makes the dress.

Edwardian Children's Dresses










From the seller:

Lot of two antique Victorian, Edwardian little girl's dresses, both have faults but would be great to use as a pattern or they could be mended. One is a white cotton with top stitched polka dots, a wide filet lace hemline, lace cuffs and neckline. The dress has a large spot on one of the sleeves (photo), fabric thinning and tear by the arm seam and a few very small holes. The dress measures 22 1/2" long, 12 1/2" across the chest, 9" across the shoulder seams, 9 1/2" sleeve length. ~~~ Gorgeous little girls drop waist linen dress with a full sweeping hemline. You can see in the photo that there's a large tear on the side of the skirt below the drop waist seam. There's some small holes in the lace, some fabric thinning/wear in the linen sleeves and a couple of places with some small wear by the hemline. The dress measures 22" length, 12" across the chest, 9 1/2" across the shoulder seams, 86" hemsweep.
VINTAGE ~ ~ Victorian, Edwardian

LABEL ~ ~~ ~

FABRIC ~ ~~ cotton & linen

MEASUREMENTS ~ ~~

CONDITION ~ ~ See description above. Both dresses have faults but they would be great to use as a pattern or could be mended.


From Me:

I doubt the drop waist one was specifically a little girl's dress. Both boys and girls wore dresses until the boys were fully potty trained. They are both from the Edwardian Era- mid 1900's.

Burgundy 1880's Bustle Outfit








From the seller:

An elegant 1880’s burgundy silk and velvet bustle dress that has been de-accessioned from a museum collection. The cataloging tag is inside the bodice. The surname of Hayes is also inside the bodice. The bodice has an attached front dickey made of silk and trimmed with velvet. The bodice has a double row of decorative buttons. It would closure with hook and eyes but they are missing. It is lined with cotton. The skirt has two wide side panels made of velvet and a bustled back. It is lined with cotton. The dress is in good and study condition. There is mild underarm discoloration, a 1 inch split near the neckline and wear to the velvet on the collar and front dickey. The back of the skirt has some scattered soil marks. Bust 32 Waist 24 Skirt length 40.

From Me:

I really like this one. It would be a good one to copy and make into a steampunk outfit.

1880's Bustle Outfit








From the seller:

A striking 1880’s two piece silk and printed velvet dress. The dress is a dark gray silk and the velvet inserts are made of navy blue and red checked velvet. The photos do not show the true colors. The front of the bodice has a velvet insert. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a hidden front button closure. The skirt has two wide panels of velvet and a bustled back. The skirt is lined with cotton. The dress is being offered in as found condition for study or pattern. There is some mild underarm discoloration and the lining in the skirt is splitting. (See photo.) There are two missing buttons on the bodice. The silk and velvet fabrics are in good condition. Bust 34 Waist 24 ½ Skirt length 39.

From Me:

It's rare that the cotton gives out long before the silk does. Interesting!
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