This dress is made of purple pinstriped shot silk, an extremely popular fabric at the time. This dress is iridescent and reflects the light to show off different tones of purple. Adorned with black silk velvet and decorative details on the cuffs, this is a true collectors piece. This dress was separated into a skirt and bodice at some point and the velvet waistband was likely added to update the waistline.
There are hooks and eyes and a few very early snaps that keep the skirt attached to the bodice in its orginal silhouette. A calico cotton waistband was added to the skirt. These updates are hand sewn, along with the rest of the dress, so they blend nicely. Overall this is in fantastic shape for a 170 year old article of clothing.There are a few scattered pinholes on the bodice and skirt, a few hand sewn repairs on the back of the skirt that get lost in the fullness, discoloration under the arms, wear around the back of the neck, wear around the cotton waistband and two tears on the shoulder that will need mending at some point. I tested the tears at the shoulder and the rest of the fabric is strong. There is no further splitting and no signs of dry rot in the silk. This garment is incredibly strong and wearable. The boning in the bodice did not allow me to close the bodice all the way on my dress form. Bust- 32" Empire waist- 28" Please message if you would like more photos or have any questions. The item "Victorian 1860s civil war era dress" is in sale since Wednesday, July 29, 2020. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Specialty\Vintage\Women's Vintage Clothing\Dresses".
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