Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Re-Enactor's Dress?

From the seller:

Civil War Era Ca 1860's Blue Cotton Work Dress MED

This Civil War era dress is made from a blue print cotton, it hooks down the front, the bodice is lined in brown cotton and the skirt has side seam pockets. It has a band collar and dropped shoulders, the hem is faced in calico. It's cut full in the waist, maybe a maternity dress. It has very minor fading, hooks and eyes are a little rusty, one missing, few very small holes. It measures 41 inches around the bust, across the back shoulder is 15 1/2, waist is 33 1/2 inches and is 52 1/2 inches. Very good vintage condition.

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From Me:

I'm hesitant to post this one. Although it *could* be an actual mid 1860's day dress, it really looks like a good reproduction for a larger lady to me. The way the lining is done, the overall style - it just looks too much like a (modern) camp follower's dress that they decided to get rid of.


  1. I agree. It looks flat-lined, but a CB seam is unusual. Also I don't see any piping, the skirt looks gathered straight into the bodice instead of folded down, and the fabrics are "safe" period-appropriate prints instead of the ones more typical of surviving cotton prints. The high fabric collar is also atypical, although it shows up a lot in run of the mill repros. The hooks and eyes might be definitive, since period ones are either brass or black (japanned), from what I understand; they didn't have our silver or white ones.

    1. I end up with CB seams....when I've realized I made the pieces too big and need to take them in. Just cut it down the back! You automatically loose about an inch. :-)