Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Wonderful Shiney Blue Bodice
From the seller:
This is a magnificent Victorian changeable blue violet (as you can see from the photos) silk taffeta dress bodice. It has a ruched front panel trimmed in lace and a decorative stitched collar with pleats on either side. There is also a pinked ruffle on the front panel and collar. The sleeves are huge Leg o' Mutton with decorative cuffs and the waistband has a little rosette.
Inside there is a "bust enhancer" (photo) sewn in which is a large ruffle on either side of the hooks and eyes.
The bodice is lined in cotton and stayed.
The waist strap has a label that reads:
Karle & Rhines
It is from around 1890 - 1900.
It fastens with hooks and eyes.
The silk around the very top of the neck and under the lace front is shattered ( you can see it in the photo with the bust enhancer). There are is a stain on the front on one of the pleats (photo) and on one sleeve (photo).
The bodice measures:
armhole opening around.....16"
shoulder to shoulder...15"
length neck to waist......16"
Wow! This looks to be in *perfect* condition. The color is lovely and the details are wonderful. I'm so glad the seller took close up shots!