Victorian Chemise With Hand Tatted Lace Edging - Small
Beautiful Victorian cream cotton chemise has amazing hand tatted lace inserted into the neckline and puffed sleeve edge. The sleeves are inserted into the side seams and form a gusset, a construction technique I have not seen before. The wide neckline could be pushed down to expose the shoulders if the dress required it. The gown opens at the front to below the bust and closes with a pink silk ribbon. The puff sleeves have a band at the edge which does not stretch. Knee length. The chemise would have been worn beneath the corset and the petticoat. Machine stitched. American - Late 1800s.
Small - Designed to be worn full by a lady with slender arms.
Best fit bust up to 86 cm (34")
Sleeve 12 cm (4.75")
Sleeve circumference - Around the upper arm measures 26.5 cm (10.5") so your arm would need to be no larger than 42 cm (9.5") around.
Length 94 cm (37")
Fair. It's nearly 130 years old. I have patched multiple tears beneath the front opening, there's also a few tiny holes there. On the back are some scattered rusty colored spots. A few other small mends. I have resewn all the lace in place as the original cotton thread had disintegrated. I also added the silk ribbon to close. The cotton fabric is quite delicate - wearable with care but not suitable for sleepwear.