This dress dates to the 1890’s and would have been two piece in its construction but this dress was connected to make it one piece. The dress is fashioned of a gray ground cotton with a beautiful white shell style floral print. The bodice closes with Mother of Pearl buttons up the front, box pleating is around the collar with its bottom skirting finished in ruffling. The sleeves have a puff fullness, a great deal of frayed wear is seen at the underside wrists with splitting and period repairs, I personally would shorten the sleeves. A two inch frayed tear is just aside the button enclosure at the waistline with a two inch frayed seam at the central side middle back. One underarm has seen a frayed split measuring an inch that goes from the underarm seam straight down. The skirting has a slight water stain that is at the central side thigh, the dress is strong and fully wearable and if desired, could be separated into two pieces. Measures 24 inches around the waist, 32 inches around the bust, and 56 inches in its length.
I just love this color even though it very monochrome. I'm thinking late 1890's, early 1900's. And of course, this wasn't worn with a bustle.