I've been holding on to this very special dress in part because I love antique fashion and it part because I'd hoped to have the right doll for it someday. I still don't have the doll and so I think it's time to see if someone else can use it. It's really beautiful and dates to around the 1880's. It has lots of interesting details and an unusual color scheme. I don't think my pictures do it justice as it really is a small marvel, made like a much larger garment. The dress is a soft bronze or rust colored silk with deep green velvet trim. The dress is completely lined with what looks like linen and has an attached cotton petticoat with a pleated ruffle and lace trim. There is a fancy collar with a green velvet center and wide silk ruffle. This picks up on the triangular velvet accents on the back of the skirt. There is a long two ribbon tie of the silk fabric attached to the back of the dress and the ends are finished with a fringe. The top is attached to the skirt portion and there is a complex system of closures. The skirt closes to the left side with a hook and eye, then the top closes in the center with 4 hook and eyes, lastly the velvet waist band crosses and closes the right side with a hook and eye. There is some fraying mostly to the bottom 2 hook and eyes closures in the center, but I think this can be reinforced. There is also an area that is frayed and slightly torn in the back on the end of the collar ruffle, and a few splits to the silk ruffle on the back. All of the hook portions are brass, but the eye portions are thread - some are original and some are added and need reinforcing. There is some light, age appropriate wear, but nothing terrible. The lining and attached petticoat have yellowed with age. Since I don't have the proper doll for this, it is being modeled by a modern 15" ball jointed doll with a slim build. It fits ok, but may be just a bit short on her. Sorry, I don't have the appropriate model - maybe a 13 - 14" antique doll? Approximate measurements are as follows: Neck opening: 4 1/2" Across the shoulders: 3 3/8" Sleeve opening at shoulder : 4" Sleeve opening at cuff: 3" Sleeve length from underarm to cuff: 3" Sleeve length from top of shoulder to cuff: 4 1/4" Shoulder to hem: 8 3/4" Waist around: 8" Waist to hem: 5 1/4" Let me know if additional information is required. Dress stand, doll and hat are not included. My shipping amounts are estimates until the doll is packaged and destination zip code is added. I promptly refund any shipping over charges. US shipping only.
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