c1900s 3D White Embroidered Lace on Fine Silk Net Top w Elaborate Sleeves
I am not sure that I have ever seen in person a more beautiful example of the type of 3D embroidery and lace work that was being done during this time period. The top is truly a work of art and it is in remarkable condition for its age. It is made out of very fine and light silk netting that is backed in a white muslin. This layered effect gives the top its first bit of depth. Onto the netting 3D embroidery work has been done to add more depth to the design. Hundreds and hundreds of little handmade spheres cover the tops surface. This is interspersed around panels of fine French lace and embroidery. Little designs trail across and in between, all embroidered directly onto the lace. I have included lots of details shots and none can come close to actually seeing the fine workmanship in person. The neckline is set high and the tops nips in at the waist. A pretty little split peplum circles all around the upper hip. The top hooks to close under the lace down the back. The final finishing touch are those spectacular sleeves that are very full through the shoulder to just under the elbow and then hug the arm in a long and elaborate cuff. Excellent condition
It is fully lined in a hand set fine white muslin including the sleeves. The lining may have been updated at a later date and is immaculate. It closes with a series of hidden hook & eye down the back to the waist. Each cuff has a series of buttons to close it. There is a hook or two that only have 1/2 of their closure. It is still very white in color and appears to have never been worn, or worn very little.
Neck: 12" around the neck
Inset shoulders: 13"
Bust: to 17" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Length: 23" from neck to longest point of the front bottom point, 20" at the back
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
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