I spent the whole time categorizing the collection and deciding which pieces to display, and I got even MORE PICTURES!!1!eleven!
Here's a heavily gathered bodice. I found it amongst some Edwardian blouses and I think it could be 1860's. Off to ask the Sewing Academy ladies, I suppose.
It's a mixture of hand and machine work. It's gathered to a self fabric waistband but extends several inches out from it. The fabric is a stiff cotton, maybe organdy, and is in very good shape with only a tear at the bottom.
And my absolute fave, which came from the same box as the 1836 petti-an AMAZING 1870-1880 mourning dress of silk taffeta, in perfect condition. Black silk taff, lined in white cotton.
LOOK AT IT
Unfortunately, I didn't feel comfortable with putting the skirt up, as the waistband was deteriorating. But the silk is in very good condition and the decoration is very well done.
And the nifty boning! See how all of the seam allowances are scalloped and then encased in bias ribbon? Think of all the work.