May 6, 2011

Sharing an Antique 1840s bodice in Aylwen's collection

Tonight I was checking my costume collection and thought I'd share this 1840s bodice with you. Its one of my favourites, and one that I'd love to replicate one day when I find the "right" fabric and when my weight loss stabilises. I'll take photos of the skirt another day, but in the meantime, here is the bodice. 
You can read about the matching skirt here. A limited-attendance workshop is planned for early 2012 - you'll get to see this garment up-close and make a reproduction for yourself. Send your expressions of interest to Aylwen.

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Showing where the front decoration is attached.


Eyes

Hooks

Looking inside the sleeve, note the raw edge to the seam? This is very common in Victorian and regency gowns in my collection.

Inside the bodice

sleeve cuffs

Closer view of a cuff, opened out

Close up of front bodice

Sleeve gathering


Showing the piping on the sleeve

Back view of hook and eyes, closed

View from the top

Front view

Bodice and sleeves



3 comments:

mr.darcy1 said...

Thank you for sharing.

ZipZip said...

Dear Aylwen,
Thank you for the tour! I've not seen the inside of an 1840s garment before, and it's so helpful.

The bodice itself is handsome. While the droopy 1840s can be hard to wear, I do so enjoy their clever use of self fabric to create sculptural effects.

Very best,
Natalie

Aylwen Gardiner-Garden said...

Its my pleasure to share, thanks :)
I love this era - the sleeves are reducing in size at last and we haven't hit the rigid hoop era. I love petticoats! When I have charged my camera I'll take some shots of the skirt and its waistband.
Having the garment up close makes me realise just how easy it looks to copy.

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