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