Splendid Black Silk Antique Victorian Bodice / Waist with Cream Tucked Bib


We love to offer separate antique waists (bodices) because they make it so easy to change the look of your antique dresses! This remarkable late Victorian bodice, or waist, is in superb condition. The seamstress who made this did impeccable work and used quality materials! The attention to the smallest detail is amazing.

With a beautifully tailored look, this antique bodice is fully lined with brown cotton and is both hand and machine sewn. The lining closure is done with 9 buttons and ends at the bottom with 2 hooks and eyes. The top button is different, probably the original glass, and the remaining 8 are plastic and I’m certain are replacements. The buttonholes are hand sewn expertly. On the outside of the lining is a tiny watch pocket, edged with black.

The cream colored bib is neatly tucked and fastens to the bodice lining with vertically set hooks and hand sewn thread eyes. The neckline has buttonholes at front and back to attach a collar.

The outer bodice, of black silk has a shawl collar edged with 1 3/4″ wide bobbin lace. The junction of the bobbin lace and the edge of the collar fabric is covered with 1/4″ wide black velvet ribbon. The outer bodice closes with 5 period hooks and eyes, all present. An additional hook and thread eye finish the closure. There are 7 plastic buttons, 4 of which are single hole buttons, sewn around the waistband to attach a skirt to the 1 1/4″ wide waistband. A sweet bow with a cream colored center is affixed to the center front top closure of the collar area and also fastens with a hook and eye.

The sleeves are fully lined and are set in with small gathers. There is an attached cream colored undersleeve that ends with a black cuff. The outer sleeve ends with a repeat of the bobbin lace, edged with the black velvet ribbon.

Everything about this bodice, or waist, is just superb. I really don't see any flaws at all, though I'm certain that considering the age of the fabric, there are some. I suspect there are minor breaks to the bobbin lace, but being black on black, they are obviously difficult to see.

If you are looking for fine excellent addition to your collection, this is it. It is a perfect example of outstanding period construction and materials. This, with proper care, has led to its well-preserved condition.

Approximate measurements are given for reference purposes only as garments of this age should never be worn:

Bust: 30″
Waist: 26″

The bodice is displayed in the last photo with a skirt which is NOT INCLUDED but may be available separately.

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