Such Intricate Work! Beautiful White Cotton Batiste Late Victorian Shirtwaist. Yoke of alternating Embroidered & Val Lace Insertion, with band of fine Pintucking. Back Yoke in similar detail. Front of bodice has 2 pointed panels of Val Insertion & fine pintucking, with a matching panel on each 3/4 length puffed sleeve. Cuffs of embroidered insertion finished in Vel lace edging.
Neckline has older band of cotton machine braid, may or may not be original, but not recent, and can easily be removed, if you wish. (Inside does not show a band collar to have been removed, but it may have once hand one.)
Back closes with hooks & eyes, 2 missing hooks, & has vertical panels of 8 pintucked rows on either side. As with all blouses of this era, front is fuller & longer (front waist gathering removed), with back higher, & its band of gathering still intact. There are several small mends scattered about, mostly on waistband area, & near hem , not very noticeable. Laces & yoke all appear sound.