Antique Dress - Victorian Wrapper, House Dress, With Leg of Mutton Sleeves - 1890s
Antique Victorian wrapper or house dress is dark brown cotton with a green fleck. It has the huge leg o' mutton sleeves associated with the 1890s - the sleeves are fitted at the forearms. The front bodice is gathered beneath the high standing collar. It's also gathered at the back of the neck and back waist and is closely fitted across the back and around the armholes. The front is loose and originally there would have been a matching tie - a wrapper also doubled as a maternity dress as necessary. The front opens to below the waist and closes with hooks and eyes. Hemmed with a velvet strip. The lining is a heavy cotton and is fitted to the body, although the original lining closures have been lost so in this dress it's loose.
Extra small - Please check the back and shoulder measurements as this is where the garment is smallest.
Bust 81 cm + (32")
Waist approx. 64-66 cm (25-26")
Shoulders 34 cm (13.5")
Back 28 cm (11") but part of the wide sleeve adds to the back
Sleeve 57 cm (22.5")
Shoulder to waist 37 cm (14.5")
Length 137 cm (54")
Fair. I have done some repairs to stabilise the deterioration of the garment. The collar has been patched at the front and back using fabric from the lining. There is a large darn under one arm which was needed to reinforce the fabric and prevent the hole from becoming larger from the weight of the garment. There is color loss from the underarms due to perspiration. One sleeve is frayed to a hole at the wrist. A number of holes around the hemline have been tacked to the lining fabric for reinforcement - one larger hole darned. Numerous small holes left as is. I have added the hooks and eyes to close the front.