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Object Name BODICE
Catalog Number 0985.13.01058
Date ca. 1860
Description Adult bodice of white and light blue vertically striped silk. The neckline is plain, with no collar, slightly scooped in front and has a quarter-inch hem. This bodice is a variation of the "V" shape. (1). The tight bodice is shaped to figure in the front by two seams extending from armscyes (between shoulder and side seams) and curving downward to the waist. The bodice intersects the waist about one inch from center front edge; it is shaped in the back by two sets of darts, three each, extending from the waist two-thirds up the back. The back also has two narrow darts, four inches long, extending down from the neckline, midway between sleeve top and center back seam. The sleeves are short and puffed; the outer fabric is gathered at the top, lining not gathered. Piping is around the armscye, which forms a diagonal seam. The bodice has a center front opening, fastened with ten brass colored, double-wire hooks and "C" shaped eyes, used during Civil War period. (2). The eyes are sewn to the underside of bodice right edge, extending out from edge. The hooks are sewn on the underside of the left edge, approximately one inch from bodice edge. This is the opposite of most bodices from this time period. (3). The shoulder seams drop to the bodice front, two inches below the sleeve top. The side seams are about one inch toward garment front - not usual for Civil War period. (4). The side front seam is boned upward from the waist 5.5" to the fullest part of the bust. The waistband is 1.5" wide at the natural waist. Piping is around the armscye, neckline, sleeve hems, and lower edge of waistband. The lining is polished cotton. The pieces are first sewn to the bodice pieces, then all sewn together. The lining has a center back seam; outer fabric does not. The garment is entirely hand-sewn.
Dimensions L-10.5 inches
Owned Elizabeth P. Gooch (Bettie) [Mrs.Henry Chandler]
Provenance Bodice from dress belonging to Elizabeth "Bettie" P. Gooch Chandler (1839-1863) of Louisa County, Virginia.

"My Aunt's - Bettie P. Gooch." (label with dress)
People Chandler, Elizabeth Pollard Gooch (Bettie) [Mrs. Henry]
Gooch, Elizabeth Pollard (Bettie)
Subjects women
Clothing & dress