C. 1878- 1880. A tiny little girl's bodice made out of a greeny- grey light weight picky wool fabric. This was a homemade item and is quite rare as it was an everyday bodice worn by a working class girl, these items do not survive in great quantities. The bodice is entirely handsewn and is lined
in off white linen, no boning. Styled according to contemporary fashions with the longer basque and the curved back princess seams
. The high "Johnny Collar" is
ruffled and there are hand worked holes at the front
to insert removable buttons into, these are now gone. This tiny bodice is in fair condition as it has much wear as can be expected of a toddler child of the working class.
There are discolored light spots at the front chest area and wear/fray holes in the fabric throughout the piece. Two dark brown velvet decorative buttons remain at the bottom front of the bodice.
Measurements: Shoulders 8 1/2", Chest 21", Waist 22", Length approx.
14".(Formerly from the collection of Leila Hidic)