True to the time period, this striking autumnal gown is fashioned in a more practical and simpler design. It has the classic bell-shaped silhouette with a bustled back (not shown).
The bustle bodice is made of a warm brown silk taffeta and is partially boned in the front. It is lined in a tan colored glazed cotton and fastens in the front with 17 ornamental buttons with steel cut beads. Seams are hand and machine sewn, french seamed and trimmed with light blue silk.
Bodice features a high collar and two-tiered full length sleeves. The lower portion of each sleeve is pleated and embellished with 2 covered buttons and decorative cording representing a mock buttonhole.
The front bodice is decorated with elaborate beaded floral appliques in autumnal shades of coppers, red, browns and golds. The collar and nape of neck also are embellished in a similar fashion.
The skirt is unlined, french seamed and trimmed with brown silk. The front panel of the skirt is embellished with complimenting beading, matching the bodice. One side of the skirt is adorned with six covered buttons and decorative cording. The waistband is interfaced with glazed cotton on top of a heavyweight woven cotton. Skirt fastens with hook and eyes and is meant to be worn with a bustle (not included).
Ensemble also comes with a glazed cotton modesty blouse, which has a complimenting pleated brown silk dickie and a high collar. Blouse is sleeveless with an unfinished hem and fastens up the back with hooks and eyes. It is not visible when wearing the outer bodice.
** Please note: our model is wearing a corset and is 5'6" tall, which is considered quite tall for the Victorian era. Because of her height, the bodice and skirt lengths are shorter than they would be on a wearer of appropriate height. **
** All measurements are taken on a flat garment and doubled **
There is slight underarm staining. Some of the beaded appliques on the bodice and the skirt need to be retacked. One of the sleeve cuffs has started to shred (see photo). The other sleeve has a shred beginning at the button detailing. Bodice is missing a button. The upper right shoulder is beginning to shred but has not separated. The skirt waistband has started to shred because of the weight of the beadwork and needs to be reinforced to prevent further damage. Skirt also has a few dark stains (see photos). Wearable as is, but with a little TLC, this piece could be revived. Priced accordingly.