I am fascinated by this beautifully crafted dress. I'm pretty sure it's the oldest garment I've laid my hands on.
I can't help but imagine what this dress has been through in it's hundred plus years. In my eyes it is a work of art. It is coming apart in places and has been altered to fit more than one person. Maybe it was worn by a couple women in the same family.
After putting it on my dress form i started noticing interesting little things about it.
At some point someone relocated or added hook and eye tape. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the original buttons still remained! I went ahead and removed the hook and eye tape and any loose threads I could find.
I am extremely intrigued by this dress, and am trying to find out as much about these types of dresses, as I can. If you have any ifo, please share!
I believe it's Victorian and at least 100 years old. I want to know if you agree or disagree with my feelings about it.