Victorian Black Silk Dickie, Blouse or Dress Neckline, 1800s, 32 bust, Modesty Panel
ERA- This item is from the 1800s
MEASUREMENTS - The dickie is 18 inches long in the front, 14 long in the back, it will fit a 32 inch bust with room.
LABEL - none
FABRIC - silk taffeta and chiffon, cotton tulle body
This little dickie vest or modesty panel would have been worn to peek out from under a blouse or dress. The body is sheer cotton tulle with snaps and hooks on the back. There is black silk taffeta around the neck and down the front with gathered black silk chiffon in the center. Also referred to as a chemisette or guimpe.
CONDITION - Good to very good condition, but there are brown underarm stains on the cotton tulle. Some pin dot holes in the taffeta under the chiffon, which can only be seen when held to the light.