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Ooooh, this is too lovely! This chemise has a 'bateau' neckline, so it curves fairly high across the collar bone area and shoulders. It's style is quite fitted, as the bulk under dresses of the time were lessened. It is dated 1881, and has 'MG Smith' marked above that date.

Construction:
This chemise is entirely hand sewn, with beautiful white work and feather stitch embroidery decoration around the neckline and sleeves. It has been cut from 2 pieces- a front and a back, so there are no shoulder seams. Across the front are small vertical tucks, amidst the white work. It fastens with a placket at the front, and there is one linen button at the top. I will send a spare button with this purchase for you, from new old stock, i.e original Victorian linen buttons.

Measurements:
From shoulder to hem~ 38"
Circumference at hem~ 78"
Bust~ up to 34"
Circumference of sleeve~ 12" (so will fit someone with 11" upper arm snug but comfortably).

Condition:
This came to me in very good condition. I have repaired a few areas which were coming adrift- a tiny part of the white work, and the sewing attaching the placket had started to unravel a little. There were some minor iron mould stains which were easily removed, and one pin head yellow stain on the left hand side of the bodice area. It wouldn't shift, and the colour reminds me of lily stamen stains. It is very small though.
*The only large repair to mention which was all ready mended when it came to me is unfortunately a tear under one arm- it is 2 1/2" on either side (front and back), and has been machine sewn on the inside, leaving a raw seam- but this is not in any danger of coming apart. It looks very similar to a bust dart, and doesn't detract much from the overall appearance of the chemise. This can be seen in the first image.

Laundering:
Hand washing please, or very gentle machine wash. This has been made to last!

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Dated 1881 Restored Antique Victorian Chemise

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: cotton, linen button
  • Ships worldwide from Taunton, United Kingdom
  • Feedback: 69 reviews
  • Favorited by: 34 people