This lovely faille and velvet Victorian bodice is from a rather limited time frame, that of 1884-1887 with it's high neckline, long slender sleeves, and relatively shorter length peplum cut.
The colorway of rich copper toned faille combined with dark espresso brown and cream velvet along with chestnut toned faille striping indicates this as an autumn and winter garment.
It is incredibly tailored, with curved princess seaming, and boning to add structure. All seams are clipped, and hand stitch finished.
The bracelet length sleeves are slender cut with turned cuffs of the contrast striped velvet: the stripes are miter matched at the seam.
This also features crochet covered buttons and hand-worked buttonholes.
This is quite tiny, measuring:
10.25" shoulder point to shoulder point
21" long from center back of the neck to the (pointed) peaked hem
10 7/8" long from underarm to hem
17" long from center front of the neck to the hem
21.5" sleeve length
This has a wide under band that fastens with hooks and eyes at the waist area underneath the bodice; it is 3.25" wide and made of a smooth striped shirting cotton; that same soft fabric is used as the underlining for the entire bodice.
This is estate fresh, and has not been cleaned (we're in a small town and do not have a qualified vintage clothing cleaning specialist); it is in remarkable condition for it's age: the only flaw of note is a pin size snag and 1/4" tear near the back left shoulder (see image attached).
Excellent garment for those who participate in and enjoy the Steampunk movement and culture.
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