Bodice

Object number
FIC.2018.011 A
Date
19th century
Description
Cream colored two-piece evening dress with bertha and petticoat. Bodice A, Skirt B, Bertha C, petticoat D. Bodice has extremely pointed front with high waist. Arms set off the shoulder with tulle puff sleeves. Bodice lined in cambric and boned. Back closes with hooks and eyes and a decorative lacing to cover the hooks and eyes. Constructed with a mixture of hand and machine chain stitches. The style of the bodice suggests late 1830s or early 1840s, but machine stitching suggests a later date. Evidence of extensive modification, with pinhead holes in the fashion fabric from former seams. 
Materials
silk
iron
cambric
Tulle
whale bone
Object Types
evening dresses (garments), bodices