Skirt and top looks one piece when worn. Skirt ruched at back with gap for bussle or petticoat underneath. Tight jacket has point at back. Two tone-opposites on skirt and top- Paler brown detail on skirt and top. Bows on wrists. 7 buttons remaining on top. 19th century ? Handmade.

Early 1870 this is a bustle dress with bodice. It has a drop shoulder seam and overskirt with piping (typical of this period). Made from silk it has been machine and hand finished, there is a waist tape with lining attached which is typical. It may have had a lace collar which has been subsequently removed.
Underwear for this dress would have been a crinolette
The pleating effect along the bottom is typical of this period, you could get a pleating attachment for your sewing machine. The skirt has a pocket and grosgrain ribbon acting as a waistband.
bustle dress bodice
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1880 AD-1890 AD
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