|Centre back, Victorian bodice|
It came up in a Facebook conversation yesterday (about Laura Ingalls Wilder) that I owned a late Victorian, maybe 1880-90s bodice, from about Laura's time. And I went looking today and found that I still had it. I am surprised. Anyway, I was being given the opportunity to sound off about costume history, which I love to do, but usually try not to because of the way people fall asleep or edge away, and some people seemed interested in actual photos. So here we are.
It's beige wool with black braid and a stand-up, sort of separate collar. Very tight-fitting, two piece sleeves. Partly machine sewn, partly by hand. Lace on the exterior non-stand-up part of the collar.
|Interior right hand side. Boning but not on seams|
|Interior fastening is hook and eye, and set in the lining|
|Centre interior back. Not sure what the boning is made out of|