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Antique 1880s Victorian Bustle Print Cotton Dress
This 2 pc dress is c. 1885 – 88. The fabric? A lovely brown on ochre cotton print with an overall leaf pattern. The fitted bodice is darted with a 23 button front closure and all the buttons are amazingly present. The bodice has a stand collar, self fabric reveres, and pleated tails. The skirt ha a left side front opening, three tucks across the front and gathers at the back waist to accommodate a bustle. We show this over a wire frame and a petticoat. It would look bets with a smaller bustle pad, or a shorter frame. The skirt may have been restyle ca. 1891 to a slimmer line. The skirt is slightly faded compared to the bodice.
Size: Bodice: Bust: 32″
CB Neck to Waist: 14 ¾”
Skirt: Waist: 26”
Waist to Hem Center Front: 41”
Condition: Very good, and strong. There is a scattering of small spots on the left shoulder as shown in close-up, and there are light areas and a water stain on the back of the skirt a shown. The skirt has not closures, it was possibly pinned. There is an odd piecing at the waist that is covered by the bodice. This has not been laundered, being cotton it would be possible with care.