November 4, 2016 | Garment of the Month

Now that’s a sleeve!


Now this is what you call a bell sleeve! This silk day dress with satin stripes (1862-1865 in its current form) was probably made from an earlier garment. The satin stripes are in 3 different weaves, the bodice is boned, fastening at the front, and the sleeves are lined in white silk. Such a good example of a big bell sleeve is rarely seen.

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