Thursday, October 23, 2014

American Civil War Era Outer Wrap

From the seller:

Rare fanciful and probably a French creation dating to the mid 19thc, no labels but the family shopped on Rue de la Paix in the day as evidenced by labelled perfumes in the estate. Layers of ruffled sage colored silk trimmed in fine silk fringe with fly fringe accents and velvet ribbon. Rich colored brown silk cut velvet in romantic roses and interlocking design motifs . In good as found antique condition with some cracking to the ground silk of the cut velvet, couple of minor storage/age related spots, some separation to the interior net connecting the layers or ruffles, easy mend.

Measures 79" long and 22" at the widest point.

From Me:

A similar cut outer wrap to the extant one is in this 1865 fashion plate. There is evidence of some going back to 1862 - making something like this perfect to examine for all the ladies that do Civil War re-enactments.

Crazy Black Beaded 1920's Dress

From the seller:

The netting on this pretty dress had pulled apart so that the top and bottom are now separated. There are also a number of other places where the netting has ripped apart. Probably just useful for the beads unless someone knows how to attach the beads to new netting.

From Me:

It's actually very useful to show us 1920's construction. Interesting that the skirt and the bodice are two separate pieces.

Lovely Teens Era Black Lace Evening Dress

From the seller:

Collectors / lovers of great vintage !

Treat yourself

to this gorgeous period gown c. 1910 silk...exquisite lace

...satin waist band & the yellow & blue satin accents

...ivory & black silk underslips

* just resplendent * worth the TLC to restore it to it's former glory !

The good news: the dresses' skirt, black lace, satin embellishments are all in GOOD shape

The not so good news: the white lace is fragile, with some tears...the very gauzy black silk chiffon at shoulders is also fragile, with a couple of holes

The ivory silk bodice lining was shredding [ I have already removed ] the ivory silk underslip needs to be removed due to shredding [ I removed part of it already, that had a bluish discoloration ]

Measurements [lying flat]: underarm-underarm: 16" waist: 12 1/2" hips: 18" + length: 50"

Enjoy !

From Me:

Probably a couple of years later, 1912, but eh.

I love that little splash of color along the bustline.

Three Edwardian Dresses

From the seller:

A nice group of 3 silk and cotton Edwardian 1912-1915 dresses. The first dress is made of white cotton and trimmed with bands of pink and tan stripe cotton. The sailor styled collar, sleeves, waist and lower hemline are all trimmed with the stripe fabric. The dress is unlined and has a front hook and eye closure. The buttons are decorative. The dress is in very good condition. There is no underarm discoloration and no holes. There is a small pea size age spot on the waistband. Bust 32 Waist 24 Skirt length 36. The second dress is made of silk crepe. The fabric has a pink floral pattern on a light beige background. The neckline and sleeves are trimmed with pink satin ribbon and white lace. The bodice is lined with net lace. The skirt is designed with three tiers. The skirt is lined with cotton. The dress has a hook and eye back closure. It is in fair condition. There is no underarm discoloration. The top tier on the skirt has pea size to one nickel size and one quarter size hole along the edge of the hemline. Bust 34 Waist 24 Skirt length 40. The third dress is made of brown satin. The bodice has a round collar and brown satin belt at the waist. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front hook and eye closure. The front panel on the bodice hooks to the side. The skirt has two draped side panels and is unlined. The dress is in sturdy condition. There is mild underarm discoloration, a few tiny drip marks on the front of the skirt and some minor water spotting on the back hemline. Bust 34 Waist 28 Skirt length 37

From Me:

I am completely in love with the russet brown one. So perfect for fall!

Early Edwardian Bodice

From the seller:

Here is a Victorian blouse. Measures about 21" from collar to hem, the sleeves are about 13" long. It is about 28" at the chest and 23" at the waist. In the back it is about 3" long and it is a little over 11 1/2" across the back from sleeve seam to seam. The lining is visible thru the sheer parts of the fabric, it has some minor damage but we are not seeing any big damaged areas or issues, a piece needs to be stitched down in the top area and at the cuffs a bit.

From Me:

Really, for this one, it's all about that collar.

Probably about 1904 or so. The three quarter sleeves and the shape of the collar give away the date.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Regency/Romantic Era Peasant Dress

From the seller:

An interesting antique hand stitched French country day dress with apron front, dating from about 1820, although it could be earlier. Country dresses were often not high fashion, although this dress has the typical long Regency sleeves and nicely piped detail around the top of the sleeves. The fabric also is of a fine quality being a mixture of silk and wool, and drapes beautifully. So in style a country dress but with some good quality elements. It has the usual apron front with original ties, fastens down the front bodice, and has a deep linen lining to the hem. The bodice is partly lined with brown linen and a patterned fabric. The back skirt is prettily and tightly pleated into the waist. Another feature which lifts it out of the "country" look.

I believe this dress to have been slightly altered. Perhaps passed from mother to daughter, or between sisters. All done at the time the dress was being used though. There are two well worked inserts at the back of each shoulder. I cannot really see why this was done, or whether this was just the original structure of the dress (see photo).

Now to the colour. It was hard to catch the exact colour, owing to the slight sheen of the dress. Two photos show the dress in the true colour (the lovely sage green), but the others, owing to the bright light, have come out grey. Try to ignore this, and imagine the sage green of the "true colour" pictures of the dress.

Condition. When displayed on a mannequin this dress looks lovely. As with all apron fronted dresses it needs good display. The fabric is lovely, but there are various antique alterations here and there, clearly done at the time the dress was being used. There are a couple of marks, which tend to get lost in the folds - nothing too serious. The skirt is particularly lovely with a lot of material which falls well. The dress does need a cool iron. The fabric creases quite easily.

Measurements: Length approx. 138cm. Across waist approx. 26cm and across shoulders approx.40cm.

From Me:

It's not an apron front - that would mean it had a bib across the front that folded down. It looks like it might be a dog-legged closure however. What is interesting about this dress is the amount of times it's been altered. Look at the back to see how the sleeve moved forward - you can see a patch over the old armsyce placement. Then look at the neckline - it looks like it might have been a drawstring at one point in it's life that got stretched out and filled in. I think this dress might be as early at the 1790's but with a bunch of alterations done in the mid 1820's.
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