Yesterday we were rainy and overcast for all the daylight hours, which means I missed a day blogging. I have so far been photographing the object the day I post it; mainly so the garments stay in their storage until it’s their time to be handled, and to reduce chaos. Today I pulled out 4 bodices, so I have a few ready for the next rainy day.

Today I present an early 1850s black silk satin bodice. Satin! So delightful! The satin is in very sturdy condition, but the trim, a silk velvet, is in terrible condition. For this reason, she is a delicate-handle bodice, and I was not able to get as many construction images as I would like.

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The bodice is fan-front, closing with a combination of hooks and metal eyes and thread eyes in the center front.The bodice waist has a gentle dip at the center front. The sleeves are a very narrow coat-type sleeve, that was popular in the early 1850s.

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The pleats, which you can see where they are tacked down, would have originally laid a bit neater than they appear now.

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The back, and yes, it is actually slightly crooked- it’s not just the form and photography. The right shoulder seam and the left do not perfectly align!

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Detail of the back fans.

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Detail of the front, open. The bottom eyes are metal, while the top are thread. Note the side front seams, crucial for achieving the fit of a fan-front. The waist on this bodice is 27″.

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Inside, the best we can get. The lining back is two pieces with a center seam, and only one dart on each side is boned. There are three casings in the lining- one on each side seam and one on the center back line. I do not know what these were for.

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Underarm shields!

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Under one sleeve in the side seam there is a teeny triangle pieced in.

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