Monday, March 26, 2012
Blue Turn of the Century Wrapper Dress
From the seller:
This auction is for an amazing original Victorian 1870 to 1880 cotton delightfully printed dress in superbly good sturdy condition. Various blue shades with the overall background being navy, the print is fabulous with swirls and flowers. The bodice area is lined with a built in camisole that has a black original button closure while the front is tiny black metal snaps. The narrow collar and wide cap sleeves with the trim running not only around the collar and sleeves but also in the complete front is all quite indicitive of the era. The very attractive trim is narrow black and white cotton arrow braiding. A 2" wide built in strap on the sides flowing around to the front while the back has another 2" strap and centered with long pleats. Full curved long sleeves with the matching braided trim. The full 11" wide ruffle is the perfect finish to this very lovely cotton dress that is usually referred to as a wrapper. Approx Measurements are 32" to 34" bust, 24" waist and mid shoulder to hem is 49" and back mid shoulder to hem is 51", it quite appropriate for the back to be slightly longer than the front, a short train appearance. In superb condition, no fading, very sturdy sound fabric. There is a short tear in the camisole and one seam is open at the left underarm. It is quite wearable if you are fortunate enough to be this size. Happy Bidding or why wait, BUY NOW!
I'd love to know where the seller sees anything on this dress that suggests "bustle". This is clearly from the late 1890's into the early 1900's. I'm leaning towards the 1900's only because of the waist line. Really, this piece could be on either side of the 1901 divide.