This green silk bodice highlights the transition from the Regency period of high waistlines to the more natural waistline that would dominate the 1840s to the end of the century. The linen-lined bodice includes six large pleats in the front, three on each side minimizing the bust and enhancing the wearer’s small waist. The large pleats on the sleeves created the large puffed treatment that was popular at the time. Of particular interest is the piecing together of the garment in unconventional ways (seen just left of the front neckline and on various parts of the large sleeves), evidence that the wearer may have used any available precious green silk scraps to create this fashionable bodice. There are also many interesting repairs, at the shoulders and cuffs, suggesting this was a favored, well worn-garment.