Antique Tiny Star Print Calico Maternity Top Entirely Hand Stitched c. 1860's
Tiny star print in turkey red, white, and brown calico maternity top, 1860's. This garment is entirely hand stitched in black and brown thread. Seams are sewn in a backstitch and bound with a large whip stitch, resulting in quite sturdy construction. The garment was most likely made at home, not by a professional dressmaker. Two piece sleeves are flatlined in an off white linen, and the buttonholes are finished by hand with a buttonhole stitch. There are four of the original buttons made from vegetable ivory and three later replacements. The body is constructed in three panels, two fronts and a single piece back. An interesting construction detail is that rather than being lined with a plain cotton, there are two layers of the printed cotton stitched as one into the seams, with the inner layer hemmed approximately 6 inches above the outer layer's hem, probably for modesty during a period when the woman could not wear her corset.
When I was a little girl I fell in love with Victorian cage crinolines. Growing up that love became a passion for beautiful antique fashions, textiles and accessories. That passion has enabled me to bring you some of the finest historic fashions available on the market today. Collecting antique and vintage clothing is kind to the earth and a tangible investment option you can enjoy on a daily basis. Appreciated by all ages and cultures it offers a wonderful connection to history, revealing how people lived. The attention to detail in the construction of these intricate garments and accessories is remarkable. There is significant value in owning quality antique garments and it is my pleasure to make them available to you.
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