1870s extant French bodice off ebay. This is what I love on bodices, lots of details; tiny pleats everywhere.
1870s extant French bodice off ebay. Detail of cuff- ruffles and tiny pleats, and piping too.
1870s extant French bodice off ebay. Look how low the bow is on the Basque bodice, right at the lower end. More beautiful tiny pleats and piping w/ a contrasting blue color. And the peplum looks like two large petals.
1870s extant French bodice off ebay. Basque bodice rides low over hips, bow at bottom instead of at waist.
Silk dress and fur-trimmed coat ensemble, 1874
1875 September. The Englishwomen's Domestic magazine. Great way to tie the overskirt and skirt together w/ the stripes, and the black on the skirt, bodice and cuffs tie it all to the solid bodice fabric.
1878 Harpers Bazar Sept catalog- what's going on under there.
1876 Godey's Ladies Book fashion print- vest-style bodice on the blue one w/ contrasting sleeves but matching the skirt.
1875 fashion print- there's that vest-like style with contrasting sleeves; very pretty on the blue plaid
1872 extant gown from the MET. sheer floral fabric with overskirt from bodice with slight bustling in back, wide pagoda sleeves, tiers on skirt