Silk print dress & pelerine, 1840s
What a special find for the collector of early textiles! The silk fabric is woven with a subtle windowpane plaid and resist-printed with intertwining leaves and flowers. I love the rich café au lait color.
Characteristic of the late Romantic period are the sloping shoulders, deeply pointed front waist, and full skirt worn with starched petticoats. This style became more exaggerated by the 1860s with the invention of the cage crinoline, which could support more voluminous skirts.
The rows of tucks on the bodice and pelerine are outlined with very narrow beige silk cord. The matching cord on the bodice waist is wider. The bodice is lined with beige cotton and has boned seams. The bodice closes in back with hooks. The skirt is unlined.
The condition is very good. Despite the scattered tiny holes, the skirt displays beautifully as is. This is reflected in the price.
This small dress was probably meant for a girl. In the picture of the back, I used a cord to tie the waist, which was too small to close on my mannequin.
It measures: 32" bust, 20" waist, 14" from shoulder to waist, and 50" from shoulder to hem.