Saturday, January 24, 2015

1860's Moire Dress

From the seller:


Amazing dress dates to the 1860's (I believe due to the drop shoulder) during the Victorian Era. It is made of brown silk moire with a tan cotton sateen lining. Bodice has center front hook and eye closures with four pieces of short boning in the front waist, and bell sleeves that are lined in a deep brown silk. Full skirt has snaps at waist and a narrow band of dark brown velvet at the hem. Fully lined.

CONDITION: I would consider this garment to be in very good condition, even though some repairs need to be made. These repairs include seam separation at the center back skirt entire seam, the left shoulder seam, and approximately 10" in right side skirt. Additionally there are extremely faint underarm stains along with a small area of wear to the velvet trim at the hem where the cording is exposed. At this area at the hem, there is also a 1/2" tear perpendicular to the hem.
FABRIC CONTENT: Silk Moire with Cotton Lining
COLOR: Brown
MEASUREMENTS: Please compare the measurements listed below to a garment that fits you well. These measurements were taken with the garment lying flat, and when appropriate, doubled to calculate the circumference.
Bust: 38"
Waist: 30"
Hips: Open
Across Shoulders: 19.5"
Sleeve Length: 19.5"
Center Back Length: 55"

From Me:

It's really hard to tell with the way this dress is displayed, but I think this is from about 1866 - putting it after the American Civil War. The waist looks high and the pleating of the skirt to the back makes it later rather than earlier in the 1860's. I believe this was one of those lavender dyes that has now faded to brown (very common over time) which would make this a good candidate for a half mourning dress.

Victorian Turkish Outfit

From the seller:

ou are viewing an attractive example of embroidery.
I'm offering a lovely bridal skirt and dress

A beautiful dress of hand loomed silk fabric exquisitely hand embroidered with cauched gold metallic.

Origin: Turkey

Date: 19th. C

Example from the: Ottoman period

Condition Report

The skirt and jacket have several stains as shown on the photos.

So both of them are unwearable.

But The gold embroideries are in very great condition and they are shining.

Please take a good look and zoom also at the photographs, these form an important part of the description.

Most of my items listed are original antique or vintage unless otherwise stated.

This means used condition and listed as they found.

From Me:

I honestly have no idea when this is exactly from. The skirt has embroidery that was popular in the 1860's/1870's but the way the jacket is constructed is more 1880's/1890's. So...late Victorian?

1890's Ball Gown in Yellow

From the seller:

Great Vintage early Victorian 1840s Dress

Made of yellow striped silk taffeta

Slim waistline with balloon Georgian Sleeves

Bell skirt with yellow trim

Bodice has inside boning and v shaped décolletage

It closes in the back as a corset with hook and eye closures but if you want to use the larger measurement with the added piece in the back the corset would not close (see measurements)

This dress would have been worn by young Victoria. It is a typical style of dress during her teenage years and reign as Queen of England.

The dress is seemingly made for a very young girl (see measurements), however a piece of yellow silk charmeuse has been added in the back to extend the bust and waist of the dress for a larger figure.

Dress measurements:

Bust – 26”, 32” with the yellow extension

Waist – 20”, 26” with the extension

Length of skirt – 44”

Length of bodice – 15”

Condition: AS IS, the dress displays beautifully but has many places that the silk is shredding. To make silk lustrous during the 19th and earlier centuries the silk was refined using metal salts, these salts act as razor blades and shred the fabric. Since this is taffeta it is more preserved then others but is not in wearable condition. There is shredding under and on top of the sleeves as well as some other areas on the bodice and skirt, although the skirt is in overall good shape for being almost 200 years old. This dress will make a beautiful display piece or study for pattern.

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From Me:

This has machine sewing, the sleeves, and even the skirt shape are all very 1890's.

1896 Wedding Gown

From the seller:

Victorian 1896 Wedding Gown, Belle Époque

100% Authentic Antique Dress

Cream Corded Silk in 2 parts- bodice and skirt

The bodice is made out of corded silk sateen, georgette and lace

The bodice is boned with 12 steel pieces and has a peplum detail. The Georgette Fabric is around the collar, with 2 bows on each side, pleated around front and ruched at neckline. The lace runs like a shawl around the top part of Dress in two layers. The corseted bodice also features very large “leg-o-mutton” sleeves. Leg-o-mutton sleeves further accentuate the narrow waist of the hourglass silhouette. The sleeves are tightly fitted from bellow the elbow to the wrist, they are draped and end with a georgette ruff.

The skirt is also made from corded silk sateen and features a heavy train, lined with draped lace and heavy fabric. It is draped in the back and uses hook and eye closure. The bustle diminished in size in the early 1890s, and by 1893 it was just a padded stay.

This dress was made following design by Charles Worth, which was published in Harper’s Bazaar and was highly popular in the Belle Époque Era of 1890s

This is Museum quality dress!

Very heavy material, especially in the skirt, weight is around 6-8 lb

Approximate measurements:

Bust – 25”

Waist – 21”

Top length including peplum – 19.5”

Sleeve length – 24”

Skirt length – 39’

Skirt length with rain – 56”

Approximate modern size US XS, it did not fit my size 6 mannequin

The skirt can be let loose since because it is gathered in multiple pleats but the bodice will be more complicated though not impossible if you plan to wear it.

Condition: AS IS, overall great antique condition, with no tears noticeable in the silk and georgette, the only problem is the wraparound lace shawl ruff, it is torn and is very brittle, some parts are still holding tight but the edging is loose in places. Can be pulled out completely and the dress will still look fabulous, or stitched up and reduced in size, the lace is large.


From Me:

This is stunning. I love seeing the old photograph along with the dress - it helps greatly to understand how it looked when worn.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Edwardian White Dress

From the seller:

➳ antique edwardian dress

* 3 piece set with dress, skirt liner and cummerbund
* sheer ivory silk
* separate skirt lining
* detached ruched waistband
* front snap closure
* flutter sleeves

condition | excellent for age - a few minor spots. tiny holes and small repair in skirt lining - not visible when worn.

fits like xs/s

length 44"
bodice length 14"
bust 36"
waist 26"
shoulders 34"
sleeves 24"
skirt liner 24" waist
cummerbund 26" waist

From Me:

Teen's Era - probably about 1914 or so. I'm really tempted to make something similar out of a knit and wear it to work....
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