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Girl's Ballgown Bodice

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C.1890-1893. This bodice reminds me of something Cinderella might of worn if she would have lived during the Victorian era. It would have been a young lady's first "grown up" ballgown. The style and color would have been appropriate for a young lady to wear to a ball with it's low, but not so low neckline, innocent cream color (no racy red's to corrupt the young ladies!) and it's sumptuous yet unostentatious trimmings. She must have looked beautiful in it and would have been extremely excited to wear such a lovely and grown up gown!
It's made of buttery soft silk satin (the good expensive kind, not the cheap shattering satin that was common at the turn of the century) and has a lovely large panel of lace around the neckline. Glass pearl like balls and glass beads decorate each sleeve cuff and lace finishes off the cuff. The bodice is completely boned with 13 bones and is lined in pink cotton to take the stress off the satin. The back fastens with hook 'n eyes. The front and back is pointed and would have been worn with a small padded bustle. It's in near perfect condition, I think it might have been worn only once and could probably be worn with extreme care by a lucky young corsetted lady.
While it is in lovely condition, it does have some faults. Two of the glass pearls on the left sleeve are missing, one has damage and one has been replaced by a white pearl. While the silk satin isn't the shattering tin loaded kind, it does have three stress splits in the silk. It looks as though sometime during it's life, it was tried on by someone a little too big for it. The splits are not big, and they are at the back. Two measure 1/2" and both are together beside the hook eyes at the top where the lace edge is and the other measures 1/2" and is at the back at waist level.
Measurements: bust: 33", waist: 22". It is a gorgeous bodice and I wish I was a pre teen again so I could wear it!
(Formerly L. Hidic)