Monday, February 13, 2012
Seaside (?) Bustle Era Dress
From the seller:
This is a magnificent Victorian 1860's postCivil War Era cream 3 piece dress. It is decorated with blue trim and blue silk fringe. The dress consists of a bodice with bell sleeves, an overskirt, and ruffled skirt.
The bodice has a cotton lace around the neck, fringe, bows, and fancy buttons. It fastens with the buttons. It is lined in cotton.
Above each ruffle of the skirt is a row of the blue silk trim. The back of the skirt trains slightly.
The skirt is lined in cotton and fastens with hook and eye.
The overskirt has pointed panels trimmed with the blue silk fringe, ruffles, and the blue silk trim. It fastens with hook and eye.
It is from around the end of the 1860s, post Civil war, I would say 1868.
The dress is in remarkable condition for it's age and I only see one tiny hole on the waistband of the bodice, a few stains, and a tiny hole on the skirt. It looks like a small square was sewn onto the bodice waistband at one time.
The skirt measures:
waist to hem front.....40"
waist to hem back.....50"
shoulder to shoulder....14 1/2"
I love this style. I'm guessing late 1860's/early 1870's as well based on the waist line.