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Bishop Sleeve -Leg-A-Mutton Sleeve Waist -WOW! WHAT A BODICE - FULL CHANTILLY LACE OVER SILK!
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Fabrics in the beautiful garment include: chantilly lace; a fine black silk; a sturdier, medium weight faille type black silk; silk (?) netting, velvet ribbon trim and an applied lace. This bodice is intricately constructed and hand made by a master costumer! . Please inquire if you wish more detailed construction information.
Lets just… CUT TO THE CHASE GEORGEOUS - WEARABLE - BUT VERY TINY - NEAR MINT! This is one outstanding piece with a black silk interior fully covered by Chantilly lace that hangs loosely over the front. The marvelous sleeves are the silk/lace combos for a 14' length but then 13' sleeve 'wrist extensions' were added that are beautifully made from silk netting and trimmed in velvet and another accent lace! All closures are hook/eye on the bodice and button tabs are on the inside back (for skirt or petticoat). There are velvet drawstrings at the wrists. Only tiniest of modern women (or likely a young, slender teen) could likely wear this beautiful bodice. It measures a 12' shoulder, 24' waist and about 30' bust. CONDITION: This beauty has very few flaws. The major one is that the black silk around the neckline has some age browning. As the whole neck and front, however, are supposed to be covered with a flounced neckpiece (white chiffon would be a great companion for the lace) I'm really not sure its any big problem. When held to the light several very small holes can be seen in the silk interior that are likely caused by age related thread breaks. These really don't show. There seems also to be a slight browning on some of the applied wrist lace and the ribbon velvet needs tacking in a few spots. If there are any problems with either the Chantilly lace or netting I sure can't find them! All in all it's in SUPER CONDITION!