Vintage French linen shift dress trousseau nightgown


Shipping to United States: $17.20

Vintage or antique beautiful hand sewn soft linen night gown or shift with front patch.
The neck edge is finished with a narrow rouleau tie to gather it, all hand stitched.
Trousseau items including bedlinen, table linens, night wear and undergarments were usually sewn during long winter evenings when the girl was approaching womanhood and contemplating a marriage, she would prepare a trunk of linens to take with her to her new marital home.
This item features exquisite hand stitching at every seam and even the repairs and darns are made in tiny hand stitches.

This item probably dates from the first part of the Twentieth Century, because it is not full length, although it could be earlier.
I think it is roughly a size 14-16, it is certainly generous, and laid flat across the front it measures approx 62cm, across the underarm gussets it measures 74cm, and shoulder to hem is approx 117cm.
Across the shoulders is 61cm, although it may be meant to have a drop shoulder.
The armhole from shoulder to gusset base is 27cm measured vertically (circumference is double this) and the armhole depth after the gusset is 18cm (again circumference double this)
The sleeve length from shoulder to rolled hem cuff is 38cm.

Condition is worn, it is beautifully soft but the linen has tiny holes and patches which are beginning to be threadbare in places. The patch to the midriff might indicate that this shift was worn in the dairy or laundry and the area in front received extra wear and tear.
Similarly the back is very worn but has not been patched. There are a couple of small storage marks on thecitem from being folded in an armoire.
I've priced to take account of the condition.

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