Monday, October 24, 2011
Late Victorian/ Early Edwardian Summer blouse
From the seller:
Waist: 10" across
Bust: 18" across
Sleeve length: 22"
Blouse length: 17.5"
Shoulders across: 12.5"
The issues are: the size (very small, won't button in back on the mannequin) - some staining and holes. There must have been a silk lining in the sleeves at one time, because there are remnants of fabric around the armholes. Needs laundering.
Blouse is suitable for wearing, study, display, theater - and has lots of gorgeous lace for repurposing.
I *think* this was an 1890's dress that was remade slightly in the 1900's/1910's to follow the shirtwaist fashion popular in the Edwardian era. It's a pretty neat looking piece and gives a new meaning to "peek-a-boo" bodice!