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Velvet Bodice

Velvet Bodice
C.1910-1911. This one the second item of costume I ever bought when I first started collecting clothing. I wasn't really sure about the date of it, other than I knew it was after 1904!! I now know it's from around 1909- 1911 but I'll say 1910- 1911 as it was a working class girl's bodice so it would have been a little out of date than someone who was rich enough to get up to the minute styles.
Made of cotton velvet and lined with a sturdy glazed cotton which has seen many a tear and darn! The inside isn't boned although the lining is very fitted and fastens separately from the outside of the bodice. A stayband is present to stop it from riding up.
Bodices like this were starting to become unfashionable as looser fitting blouses and dresses became popular. Lined bodices were considered "old fashioned" even though they were still worn by poorer classes or older women who were used to them. The sleeves are cut quite plainly with only a slight gathering at the shoulders to give them a bit of fullness. Only a minimal tasteful amount of trmming decorates the bodice, two little tear drops of shiny jet on the bust, a length of machine lace at the base of the neck and two silk embroidered arrows with some crochet at each sleeve cuff.
The collar is high standing but it isn't boned. The outside of the bodice fastens over the left shoulder with popper snaps and down the left side, also with snaps (snaps became more commonly used than hook 'n eyes during the Edwardian era). It's interesting to note that each elbow shows balding of the velvet from frequent wear. It must have bene a favorite of hers.
Measurements: Bust 36", waist 28", shoulders 12 1/2".
(Formerly L. Hidic)