Incredibly rare and beautiful 1860s pagoda sleeve bodice made from a super light and airy wool challis in the most fantastic pattern. The bodice is fully lined in a cotton muslin, and some boning is present. There is also some subtle organically bust padding, which is so cool! The sleeves are finished with a silk fringe. The bodice closes down the front with a series if handmade hooks and eyes.
This rare pice of history is in overall fantastic condition for its age. The fabric is overall still strong inside and out, with no signs of dry rot. It appears that at some point the boning was removed from one side of the bodice which released the stitching on the front pleats. It isn't particularly noticeable unless you are looking for it, but it is worth noting. Otherwise, there is some wear to the underarms and a couple other small areas of weakness to the fabric, but it is localized and the wear I snot spreading. Some work could be done to make the piece stronger for wear, but I leave this to the buyer. As is, the piece is strong enough for light wear, but I would recommend it mostly for photoshoots or other short term periods. This is an incredible piece of history and should be conserved.
Bust 32-33 in
Waist 25-26 in
Shoulder to waist 15 in
Shoulder (wide dropped shoulder, as is the 1860s style) 19 in
Shoulder slope 9.5 in
Lower Bicep 12 in
Length 17 in