Repair question and dating

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Label Q & A' started by Victoria, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. Victoria

    Victoria Registered Guest

    Hi all,

    I am trying to figure out how to fix this dress. The bow (if it could be called that or does it have another name?) was torn off from the dress at the waist seam and now I am not sure how to positioning it correctly. It's probably hard to tell from the photos but it consists of of four parts almost like a four leaf clover with a gathered center seam. Is it supposed to be sewn in the way I have it in the picture and are the top two parts supposed to hang over the bottom two or are they to be stitched up?

    Would you recommend that I do that or simply remove it completely and close the seam? It's literally hanging by a thread.

    Finally, the dress came from an estate sale where everything was much older, including many Victorian style bodices but this one at least initially seemed newer to me, maybe late 60s, although it has a side metal zipper and the bodice style and construction doesn't really strike me as correct.

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    Thank you
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  2. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Administrator Staff Member

    I'm finding it a bit hard to see what's going on in your photos, but it strikes me as a bustle (not exactly a true bustle in the Victorian sense, but a bustle-like feature), which means the four parts should hang down. Here's some sewing pattern examples similar to what I think I'm seeing:



    It's a nice feature so if you can fix it easily, I'd go for it.

    As for dating, I can't really see the silhouette to be sure, but from what I can see, and the side zipper, I suspect the dress is around the late 40s / early 50s?
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2020
  3. Victoria

    Victoria Registered Guest

    Thank you so much Ruth! That’s exactly what it looks like and the more I look at it, the more I think it’s an earlier dress. I will post photos on a mannequin once I fixed it (hopefully!)
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  4. Midge

    Midge Trade Member

  5. GemGem

    GemGem Registered Guest

    I'd love to see this on a mannequin! It looks gorgeous! I can't help being reminded of some of the more svelte costumes in Gone With The Wind.
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  6. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix Trade Member

    Yes, love to see it om a dress form. Great color!
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  7. Pinkcoke

    Pinkcoke Alumni

    I think if you can steam this out it will be much more apparant how it's supposed to sit.
  8. Victoria

    Victoria Registered Guest

    Thanks Melanie. I was afraid I would alter it by steaming it the "wrong" way but I think based on what Ruth posted I have a better understanding of what it's supposed to look like. My sewing skills are at best rudimentary so I am having a hard time figuring out how to sew it back into the seam. There is so much fabric. I may take it to a nearby seamstress and have her repair it if the cost isn't prohibitive.
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