Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lovely SImple American Civil War Era Day Dress

From the seller:

Very early Victorian era dress circa 1840's to 1860's that is entirely sewn by hand. Brown silk taffeta with white plaid windowpane pattern. Round neck. Long sleeves with pinked brown and royal blue trim at upper arm and cuffs. Drop shoulder. Center front hook and eye closure is concealed by row of brown buttons with faceted metal centers. High-waisted, fitted bodice. Full skirt. Fully lined.

VINTAGE CONDITION: Very good with wear to the fabric and small holes throughout. Repairs at underarms. Wool band that trims hem is fraying and has holes throughout. Further photographs available upon request.
COLOR: Brown, Blue, White
MEASUREMENTS: Please compare the measurements listed below to a garment that fits you well. These measurements were taken with the garment lying flat, and when appropriate, doubled to calculate the circumference.

Bust: 32"

Waist: 24"

Hips: Open

Across Shoulders (Drop Sleeve): 21"

Sleeve Length: 17.5"

Center Back Length: 55.5"

Skirt Length: 41"

From Me:

Despite the rather drab colors, this is rather cute! Given the waistline, the cut of the shoulders, I'm guessing early 1860's.

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