Dating Fabric Help?

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

2 Responses to “Dating Fabric Help?”

  1. Judith says:

    Hi Shannon,

    Do you have photos that you can email me? Judith@fabrics.net The photos would help a lot and I will publish them with your question so others can see and help too.


  2. Judith says:

    Shannon, your photos have been added at http://info.fabrics.net/identifying-fabric/

    I have seen fabric like this before and it isn’t vintage. The fabric I have seen and worked with was purchased in China maybe 20 years ago. It may be still available.

    The fabric that I had was a silk brocade. Beautiful but difficult to work with because it was so narrow.

    Hope we helped you even a little.