Today we account for less than 1 percent of all wool produced. ” Did we eliminate the need for such a protective garment that wool is no longer needed?
These crewmen had to climb the rigging and furl and unfurl, or ‘reef’, the sails of the sailing ships of the era.
The jacket was short, to allow ease of movement through the rigging.
It had a double-breasted front, which displaced the buttons to each side.
This helped reduce the chance of them getting caught on ropes, as the wearer maneuvered the sails.
Difficult to measure because bias will fit a wide variety of bodies. but I think it will fit up to 38*' bust, up to 32" waist, up to 40" hips. It's just so perfect, you have to wonder, but if so, it's perfectly done with the right fabric. Measures: up to 48" bust (so wrap as you wish), 46" long from shoulder to hem. It's as nearly perfect as any gown can be at 110 years old! The bodice yoke and mid-sleeves are completely lace.
One seam needs sewing at the upper sleeve (easy, but I don't have a sewing machine). You can see a sample on the one sleeve (see photos). All this needs to be spectacular are some wax flowers ornaments. I've been holding off listing this gown because the person who owned it said they believed it to be a Paul Poiret. Needs someone who can deal with the large spot on the bottom of the front (see close-up) and the strange spot on the one sleeve.
Otherwise, this dress only needs some minor sewing. What has happened is that the sheer "straps" that were holding up the inner red silk are gone. But the red silk lining is in great condition, so it just needs to be held up. Once the lining is fixed, the dress becomes more of a blouson shape. These laces continue into the bodice, with a side gold lame lace around the bustline. The interior bodice is nearly perfect with French seaming and tiny little bows.
The exterior dress and underslip skirt is quite good condition (though there are tiny holes at the shoulder and a few here and there that will hardly seen once the under dress is fixed. Black silk satin (good weight) gown with ivory net lace "underskirt" to about knee length, with a different embroidered black net lace over that to about ankle length. The interior isn't too bad, but at the upper portion of the interior lining is torn (see photos). I might consider adding Chantilly lace trim at the hemline, or satin or velvet ribbon which would lengthen the dress... Often these blouses are white cotton rather than as sheer as this crepe blouse. The skirt lining is cotton so it's perfect, and there are 4 layers of material at the hemline (see photos).
Today I would consider myself to be one the biggest fans of sheep in the country. At one time our national inventory was over 60 million and today we have only 5.2 million sheep and 2.64 million goats. Navy was going to phase out the pea coat of wool by 2020.