Object Record

Object Name Shirtwaist
Catalog Number 2015.016.001
Description Victorian Shirtwaist Blouse from D. B. Loveman & Co., Chattanooga, TN

Made by D. B. Loveman & Co. of Chattanooga, TENN. The name is marked on the label on the interior waistband. Manufactured sometime during or after 1877 because the company name changed from Loveman & Brothers to Loveman & Company. According to the shirtwaist styles of that day, this was likely made before 1890 as later that decade women's clothing became looser at the waist and less formal and puffy at the shoulders to be more practical because women were more frequently leaving the home to have jobs, especially in factories.

Description:
Antique girl's or teen (or possibly very petite adult) blouse / waistcoat / shirtwaist jacket. Rust colored with coordinating rust, black & gold paisley fabric. High band collar. Fifteen iridescent sew-through buttons down the front that are hidden when solid colored flap is hooked across the chest. (Several of the loops for the hooks are missing). Long sleeves, puffy at the shoulders. Lined with several coordinating fabrics on the inside.
Date 1877-1890
Dimensions H-22 W-19 inches
Dimension Details Approximate Measurements:
Top of collar to bottom point of bodice: 20"
Length down the back center: 22"
Shoulder seam to shoulder seam along the back: 12"
Armpit to armpit across the front: 12"
Waist: 24" around
Top of sleeve pouf to bottom of wrist: 20"
Outside of right sleeve to outside of left sleeve: 19"
Top of collar to bottom of wrist: 22"
Accession number 2015.016