Leg of Mutton Sleeve
Exaggeration of the sleeves shows character (haha). I find them very pleasant. I absolutely have no idea why I love leg of mutton sleeves..... hmmmm...possibly…
1898 American wool child's jacket. This jacket is a very engaging piece of infant wear, and the stylish dressmaking details go beyond just functionality. There is a sense of high style in this garment through the replication of the adult leg-o-mutton sleeves, front flaps, and notching. Accession Number 2009.300.3200 MET
Bodice, Austrian, silk, metal, wool, synthetic, 1890-99. This handsome piece incorporates an interesting combination of materials with lively patterning and embroidery. The puffed sleeves mimic the leg-o-mutton style prevalent in the 1890s. Regional costumes often evolved over time, incorporating fashionable trends with traditional forms.
This dress is from the Nina Ricci Spring 2009 collection, and its extreme leg of mutton sleeves strongly resemble those on dresses in the late 19th century. The detailed embroidery on the dress is also similar to dresses during that time period. One modern nuances include the entire front of the dress being absent, showing off the white tights of the model. 2.8.15
c. 1890 V: Heavy cream corded silk wedding dress and trained skirt, bodice with accentuated waist and dramatically flared peplum, shirred leg o’mutton sleeves. Embroidered with pearls, pastes and gathered silk lisse (crêpe chiffon). Shoes of white satin embroidered with bronze and crystal, silk stockings.
Two-piece walking dress, ca. 1893-95, navy blue wool, with 3/4" tucks spaced an inch apart across entire bodice and skirt. Jet beads placed an inch apart on edge of tuck fold. Short bolero-style piece over bodice. High collar, leg o' mutton sleeves trimmed with 1"-long fringe. Cuff and lower portion of bodice of black silk faille. Gored skirt flared in back, pleats at waist. Goldstein Museum, Univ. of Minnesota