Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Edwardian Dressing Gown

From the seller:

Kimono style sleeves with points with Silk chiffon ruffled interior of cuffs~Wool challis detail with silk embroidery vertically down the front
Ecru Satin with challis wool backing, so this would have been worn in the winter
This Princess Tea Gown Trousseau Gown was meant to be stepped into~Appears to be all handmade~Lace appears to be handmade
Lined in Silk upper bodice that has shattered & is damaged, so should be removed~Lined in silk vertical closure only
Measurements are 12" across Shoulders, Armholes 16" around each, Sleeves 28" long to point each, Bust about 18-1/2" across front armpit to armpit & Total Vertical Length about 56"~Measurements taken flat~
s&h 3lbs Priority/Tracking or Buyer prepays Priority Int'l or 1st Class Int'l 3lb ~Paypal Preferred~Paypal for Int'l Sales Only~Customs Form will reflect selling price~

From Me:

Late Edwardian/early Teens era dressing gown. Here is a doll pattern for a dressing gown in much a similar style. It's currently for sale on etsy.


1870's Sheer Bustle Era Dress

From the seller:

Ravishing 1870s trained bustle gown

Sublime authentic 1870s bustle gown made of white gauze with elaborate ruching and pleats.

It features a tight fitted bodice with pointy front and back, fully ruched. The long sleeves have three rows of knife pleats at the cuff. The closure is in front with eyes and hooks. It is lined in white cotton. The lining is constructed as a ball gown top - it fits just off the shoulder, lace trimmed and it has short pouf sleeves.

The skirt is a work of art onto itself. It has a flat front with ruching and pleated ruffles on the bottom. The bustle full back consists of an internal skirt (with pleated ruffles) and the external bustle. This is gathered into drapes, it is semi detached and it has an undulating, pleated ruffle in the bottom. Closes in the back with one eye and hook. No lining.

Hand sewn.

Underarm discoloration

Excellent antique condition - unbelievable - still white and strong

Measurements taken flat:

length 41" front

52" back

circumference bottom 552"

waist 24.5"

ruffle 11"

Remarkable example of the 1870s fashion

Sold as is as found

From Me:

I'm so happy to see the seller using gloves. (I admit, I don't alway use gloves. I do always wash my hands before handling any of the antique garments)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Late 1820's Sheer Romantic Era Dress

From the seller:

A very lovely original early Victorian two piece summer dress, beautiful white with green sprigs horizontal Pinstripe sheer batiste cotton fabric. The drop shoulder bodice has a front closure with hooks /eyes at the neckline and the waistline; piped neckline and armysces; two layer ruffles at the shoulders with one being wider than the other; matching fabric ruffles on the sleeve cuffs. Beautiful very full skirt ( because of using a Civil War era hoop, my photos are showing it a little too wide for its correct shape) created with many many cartridges pleats. The waist band which is attached to the cartridge pleats by being hand stitched, has a hook / eye closure and there has been a small solid white cotton piece added to the waistband. Most of this garment has been hand stitched, what is early machine sewn/ stitching I believe was done to enlarge.
Approx measurements taken laying flat, closed and across; Bodice - 17" across the shoulders (dropped seams), 12.5 underarm to underarm, waist 10" (20" total waist) Skirt - 14" waist (28" waist but if you remove the 4" added piece it is a 24" waist) and 40" from top of waistband to hem and a 4.5" wide hem that you could possibly use some of the material for being creative to enlarge the bodice. In overall very good very clean condition, there is a very few pinholes on the bodice and a faint brown spot on the back shoulder - the underarms are very clean. The skirt overall has some very small pinholes and on the hem area there is a 3" long tear and a 4" long tear both which can easily be repaired especially if you create a simple tuck. Because of this minimal issues I am selling as - but then who expects to find a dress this early and with this delicat fabric to be in mint condition? It is a superb example of the era for a woman of minimal means. Happy bidding!

From Me:

Nothing early Victorian about this piece. The sleeve style is what gives away the earlier date - the sleeves haven't gotten to their ridiculous point (about 1834) but they are starting to take on that familiar Romantic era "out" rather than "up" puffiness. The waist line looks a bit raised in contrast to the overall gown - not surprising for the late 1820's. My guess is about 1828 or so.

A really good costume to look like a late Regency dress

From the seller:

Beautiful and superb antique English twill silk dress in beige old rose and dating to about 1825. It is known as a "walking dress", and would have been worn for afternoon outings. There is beautiful shoulder detail, which is repeated on the long sleeves, fixed belt around the waist, and padded hem. It is partially lined in cream silk. Dresses from this period are hard to find in such good condition, and this would display beautifully on a mannequin, with some accessories. My mannequin is a little small, so the the dress sags a little on the shoulders, making the sleeves appear longer than they really are.
The condition is very good. There is some splitting to the cream lining, which does not show of course, and a little to the padded hem. There are some hooks and eyes missing at the back closure. Apart from this the whole dress is very good and in strong condition. There are some shadows on the dress which is from the lighting. The silk is perfect.
Please note; my relatively low start price does not reflect the value of the gown.

Measurements: Length 55". Across shoulder 19". Waist across 15" (so a large waist but variable with the belt).

From Me:

I'm really glad no one bid on this one because it's not a late 1810s/early 1820's dress like it looks to be. The easiest way to tell -as it usually is- is with the interior shot. See the hooks and eyes? Look at the stitch lines beneath the hooks and eyes. Yeap, machine sewn on the edge. (The inner most edge appears hand sewn but the middle one looks machine. The shoulder in that shot looks machine as well) If you look at the shoulder detail, you'll see machine sewn stitches there too. My guess is this is fairly modern - late 20th century at it's earliest.

1870's Blue Silk Bodice

From the seller:

A beautiful original Lady's Ball Gown bodice from the Civil War period. Created in a stunning shade of robins egg blue the fabric is a luxurious silk satin. All is completely original, a V constructionin front and back, piped around the lowcut neckline which I believe was designed to be showing some cleavage along with being around the bottom and sleeve ends, 10 stays that are most likely whale bone on the interior. The French seams and facing are hand sewn while the grommets are also hand finished. Structurally very sound, it is in overall very good condition with no fading on the fabric, no underarm marks. The lovely lace on the sleeves has become unattached from itself. Completely lined; the top is cotton buckram. This is a smaller size, Measuring while laying flat and taken across-the bust is approx 27" and waist is 22". Happy bidding or why wait, BUY NOW!

From Me:

The way it goes over the hips screams 1870's. I don't see any grommets - just hand bound eyelets which would be common. It also doesn't look that low in the front to me either - a normal boat neck-ish neckline. I'm curious if the seller just cut and pasted the wrong text?
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