The boned bodice, tight sleeves and high neckline of this costume all suggest 1880s inspiration.
From afar, this presents really well, however, up close and over all, this is very poorly (theater stock) sewn.
This two piece dress of skirt and bodice is part of a theater acquisition, and is definitely costume (or distance display) quality only.
This is very small; measurements for the garments are:
The boned top features princess seaming in the front and back with extra darting for a very close fit. It snaps up the front, with period buttons trimming the center front (to give a button closure appearance).
23" long from center back of the neck to the point of the hem
5 and 1/8" from neck point to shoulder point
24"+ sleeve length
The sleeve hems feature fancy rows of orange-y rust satin, brown knit, cream lace (which has darkened), and brown velvet; again, this presents well from afar, but up close, this is not well made.
16" from shoulder point to shoulder point
The skirt opens in the center front, has rows of trim, and appears to have a couple of layers, however it's all sewn together in one piece. There are gathers and tucks in the back to help give the appearance of a bustle sort of bulk in the back. The front opening is faced, and is need of a bit of attention.
with a waistband that is about 2" wide
hip ~ 38"
We are selling as acquired, it has not been cleaned or laundered by us; however we don't detect any odors, nor do we see any dribbles down the front, or stains under the arms. Again, this is a theater acquisition, and the sewing is not well done; we are selling as found.
There is a lot of fabric in the skirt, making this a bit heavier package.
Suggested uses: Steampunk events, Halloween, for stage, or, it would be neat to wear for old-time dress-up Christmas caroling.
Suggested accessorizing: wear with gloves, a muff or parasol, a tiny pretty hat with feathers, and (granny) boots.