Sunday, September 4, 2011

1860's Wrapper Dress

Close up of the fabric

Close up of the back of the dress

Back of the dress

Side Detail Shot

Front of the dress

Side of the Dress

From the seller:


A striking original Civil War era circa 1870's lady's blue and tan printed Paisley cotton ground with rows of stylized paisley botehs and navy stripes. The front has a frontal opening with hooks and eye closure. Mostly hand sewn, long seams are treadle machine done. A one piece gown with no lining except the bodice has a white muslim button closure. Has a capped puffed tiered and laced sleeves, and with a cartridge gathered pleated waist. A 32" bust, 32" waist and 57" from shoulder to front hem and 58-1/2" train and 15-1/2" across back of shoulder. In as found condition, with NO perspiration stains to the armscyes, in very good wearable condition, and with scattered very small surface holes in skirt, that are hard to find. No fading to material and quite vivid.

From Me: I truly believe this a maternity house dress. The higher waistline wasn't fashionable at the time this dress was made. However, I love the look of it. The pleated waistline and the shape of the sleeves look very striking together. This house dress has a lot of neat little details.

1 comment:

  1. Persoanlly I am thinking 1890's tea (reform?) gown, but it would be loose enough to fit a growning belly.