Two 1860 era ballgown bodices

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The 1860 era diminutive silk ballgown bodice was for sale on Ebay in July 2015 with a list price of $99.00. This ballgown bodice features swirl glass buttons and silk velvet ribbon. It is lined in muslin and is a gorgeous example of the Victorian’s passion for all things plaid (thanks to Queen Victoria and her love of Scottish tartans and ribbons!)

Garment measurements are listed as- CHEST: 30″; WAIST: 20″; FRONT LENGTH: 8.5″

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Also listed within the same seller’s shop was this ball gown bodice of the same period. List price for this extant garment was $140.00

Garment measurements are listed as- Chest 30″; Waist 22″; Front length 11″

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Notice how carefully the plaid was matched at the center back. A sign of a skilled and thoughtful seamstress.

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About Susan

Hi! My name is Susan and I am a historian, seamstress, teacher, mother, and wife. My passion for history has manifested itself in the art of recreating clothing from different periods of time. Growing up in the American South, I am heavily schooled in the art of recreating clothing from the 19th century. After nearly a decade of immersing myself primarily in the Victorian period, I found the need to branch out and explore other periods of time. However, it is my connection with the American South and the clothing of rural America that continues to be the driving force behind my designs.