Hi, I have two dresses that I recently purchased and I’m having problems dating the fabrics. Both are, I believe, made of silk brocades. One was remade between 1870 and 1890 (label), but from some other construction techniques (reeds along the front edges and handsewn/covered eylet holes), I believe that the dress was orignially made earlier.
The other dress’ bodice is construced on, I believe, a homespun linen, with a very, very, low rounded neckline. The sleeves are just past the elbow, with an elbow point, and tight sleeves. There is no front closure, and the front skirt is open, with a scalloped edge down the edges. This dress was also, I believe re-made at some point, as ribbon ties and net lace (late 1800-early 1900) was added.
Both fabrics are striped with flowers. Thank you for your help, Shannon
By: Shannon Dalton