Early 1900s Open Fronted Dress with Polka Dot Lace High Neck, Theatre Costume Piece, 36in Bust

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What a wonderful piece of history! This is based on an earlier period, late 1800s, and I expect may well be designed in the style of farming clothing of the time. But this was made in the early 1900s for theatre, which is discerned thanks to the construction and the fact it is in very good condition. I wish I knew what play it was made for!

But as a stand alone piece, regardless of this, it is a beautiful overdress. Designed to be worn over a large skirt and petticoats, this has all the classic interior boning and work that you expect of a period piece. The beautiful delicate lace front and neck fastens with hook and loops, with the lacing to the front attaching with poppers to ease fast changing. There is also a small hidden pocket, which would have been for a watch. Amazing condition and much easier to care for than the original 1800s pieces, this is a must have if you want to wear antique pieces in the modern world.

• Long skirt is full, thanks to the pleating, but open at the front. Designed to be worn over a large petticoat and skirt
• Stand up tight tulle collar, trimmed in lace 
• Looser spotted lace panel to the bust
• Collar is edged in black decorative trim and lace tulle
• Princess line darts to the bust for a tightly fitted bodice
• Pleats to the waistline, which is shaped at the back
• Black cord to the front and the waist. The cord to the bust fastens using poppers
• Three quarter length sleeves edged in black decorative trim and lace tulle. Both sleeves are fuller at the elbow for ease of movement
• Small pocket hidden on the inside of the bust - for a pocket watch? 
• The skirt and majority of the bodice is made with a mid-weight soft brushed cotton, where as the front panel to the bodice is made from a very light weight spotted lace and a light weight cotton interior.
• There is covered boning to the inside of the bodice, and a waist tape that fastens with a hook and eye that has rusted slightly
• Fastens using a complex series of hooks and eyes - there is first a cotton layer, then the lace front, which also hooks at the high neck
• Unlined
• For its age, there is very little faults. There is blue mark to the outside of the collar and the lace collar is a little grubbier, some of the hooks and eyes have stained the fabric on the inside with rust, and there is some staining to the inside lining of the bodice which does not affect the exterior. All shown in photos.
• Care/composition: No labels.

Bust: 36in (armpit to armpit doubled) 
Waist: 28in
Hips: 42in
Length: 51in with 2.5cm hem
Shoulder seam to shoulder seam: 12in 
Sleeve: 19in 

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