I think it's to feed a baby...
Yeah, that was my first thought as well. But it doesn't make sense!First, it would have to be worn without stays or shift, and those flaps don't seem to be doing a very good job keeping the breasts in modest... A lot of peeking opportunities from this view, methinks.But what do I know? It's just that I haven't seen anything like it.
That is definitely a nursing bodice. And the shift could have ben cut in a similar manner to open under the bodice. Nursing stays were also split at the bust and closed with lacing for ease of feedings.BTW, I like your blog.Jennifer
Thanks for the info, Jennifer! A nursing bodice it is then. Super cool.
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It seems a little fancy to be a nursing bodice, but that is how some people rolled in those days. My guess is it is just another of those weird decorations they liked, holes for poofing out bits of shirt and what-not, eh?