An 1860s Bodice

The fifth piece of my costume collection, a black silk and velvet bodice from the 1860s.  This is a tiny bodice, measuring about 28 inches at the bust and 23 at the waist.  The body is lined with a heavy cotton twill, the sleeves with a light brown polished cotton.  The bodice has the typical 1860s dropped shoulders, piped seams and seams angled towards the back.  The bodice is entirely hand sewn.



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