Wow, I have found a really unusual and gorgeous 18th Century bodice from the MET:
The fabric and the colour are divine,yes, but I particularly love that peplum with the long point at the back – it’s amazing! Here’s a better shot of it:
I’d love to know more about this – unfortunately, it looks like the MET doesn’t know much about it, just giving a vague dating of 18th Century… I might have to start a search for more of these pointed peplums.
I’m also trying to work out how this would have been worn – the straps suggest they’re stays and they seem to be boned, but the volume of the tabs and that long tab/peplum at the back makes it look more like a jacket… How intriguing!
Having spoken with the lovely people of the Historical Sewing Forum – we’re starting to wonder if this is a jacket that’s missing its sleeves.
If I can ever find a fabric that is anywhere near as lovely as this one, I might have to make myself this little bad boy.