Vintage Victorian blouse offers incredibly dramatic mid-1890s sleeves. This style dates between approximately 1894 and 1896. The textile is exceptional - a peach colored silk with metallic brocade, alternating between gold and silver, patterned in a climbing vine motif. The interior structure is has fifteen case and covered stays in a cotton lining. There is a interior grosgrain waistband that hooks closed. This bodice would have original been paired with a skirt, of course, but would be elegant and eye catching paired with a complementary Victorian skirt or with something more modern. With these exceptional sleeves, heavily gathered in lush ruffles at the shoulder, it would also be a fantastic display. The finishing touch is the poison green velvet at neck, waist and cuffs.
Bust: 33" (shown on 38" bust form, so the interior hooks are not closed)
Waist: 22.25" (Hook for internal waistband is just under 22", but it can be moved)
Length: 21" at center front
Label: None Present
Condition: Good plus, as is
This bodice is sturdy enough to wear, with care. One of the sleeves had to be regathered. The right sleeve has a few areas of silk breakage (not dryrot, stress) at the folds of those sleeve gathers, but you have to look closely for it. The silver embroidery has tarnished with age, but the gold is quite bright. The fabric hooks for the neck were restitched in the past. There is a small lipstick mark the top of the left sleeve and a tiny cut on the back of the right. I find no other issues to note!