This is a great 1870 antique fashion outfit perfect for the larger French fashion doll or smaller Bebe.. Clearly there are holes in the garment and I have tried hard to photograph and post as much as I can find. I put some pink tissue paper under the garment to try and highlight problem areas. Nonetheless, when the two pieces are put together, the dress looks lovely and of the era. It also comes with a straw hat trimmed in the matching blue silk found on the walking suit. The jacket measures 13 1/2 inches from collar to hem in the back. Shoulders are 5 inches across..Notice the details put into the sleeves alone. There is piping at the shoulders, around the cuff, fancy lace beneath the cuff. Fortunately bodice and sleeves are lined which helps to mitigate any damage issues on the lovely dotted fabric. Inside the sleeves are original arms, pretty solid proof of the dress' age. The neckline is trimmed with blue silk and the buttons are covered with it. Some 20th century person felt a need to add tiny snaps. You can remove them if you desire.
The front measures 12 inches from collar to hem. Do notice the seven silk bows down the front and the lovely silk trimmed pocket. The skirt is 10 inches from waist to hem. The waist is 7 inches around. Notice the stiff lining and ties underneath to help create a bustle look. The skirt has also been trimmed with three rows of the beautiful blue silk.
The hat is a wonderful early straw hat decked out in a large bow of blue silk and festooned with a blue fether. There are some holes to this old silk also. Someone added a later pink tie inside the bonnet. Bonnet is roughly 5 inches across. The crown of the bonnet measures 7 inches around. Even with the condition issues of this garment, it will still make for a stunning outfit for a favorite doll. If this dress were pefect, it would be 3 times my price. Do take a look at my other early doll items and thank you for shopping Red Dog Dolls.
Lg. French Fashion/Sm Bebe Dress, Hat