Collection’s Highlight: Feeley and Pollinger Two Piece Ensemble
This ensemble has the long bodice, high collar, and slightly puffed sleeves indicative of the early 1890′s. Joan L. Severa in Dressed for the Photographer notes that during the early 1890s checked dresses made of wool were “suggested for general wear” (pg 459). On this particular piece the bodice hem is weighted to help the fabric keep its shape. In the lower photo of the back of the dress; please note how the dressmaker lined up the check pattern to form a perfect V shape down the back seam (how divine!).
Fit note: All those tiny little buttons on the bodice were a bit too delicate for me to pull through those button holes. So you will have to use your imagination.
Its All in the Details: Feeley and Pollinger Bodice
One of the most eye catching things about this bodice is the interior lining. It is a delightful silk with red and blue vertical stripes. It is still bright and stunning. The top photograph shows that the high collar is partially made from a velve dicky that can be removed- presumably for easy cleaning or replacement. I also attached a photo of the interior construction for all of you costume recreationist. Lastly, the dressmakers label to help anyone maybe working on dressmakers on New York State.