Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Wonderful Blue Plaid/Checkered Post- American Civil War Dress

From the seller:

A nice antique dress from the civil war.
(It has probably, like most of these old dresses, been adapted, altered and repaired later in the 19 th century).
The fabric is a tender blue / green / cream (probably) silk /wool blend.
It is all hand sewn and completely lined with cotton.
The front closes with (hidden) hooks.
Fake buttons, covered with matching silk, have been added for decoration
There are several little tears over the skirt, as well as some light staining to the lower front skirt pannel, but all this well hidden in the pattern (see last picture).
The top has one major tear on the right shoulder (see picture 9),
a piece near the waist (were a hook has probably caused damage ) and needs a repair to the first hook/eye near the neck.
The fabric is beautiful, the sleeves and pattern interesting,
it will be lovely to display, but with a little care it could be wearable again (it will also need a larger underskirt than the one I used for the pictures)
size: waist- about 26"
chest- about 30"
length of bodice: about 15 1/2" - length of skirt: about 41"
Please ask for detailed pictures!
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From Me:

Happy Easter everyone!

I've been waiting to post this dress for almost a month! I love that it is very country looking but still quite lovely. Can you imagine the bonnet that went with this? The dress is probably post American Civil War based upon the sleeves, waist height, and the gathers towards the back.


  1. I thought the fan-front bodice was an 1850s thing? And the sleeve style too?

    1. The dresses from the 1850's were remade in the 1860's to fit the latest fashions a bit better. The sleeve style here is actually more in tune with 1861-1863 (gathered at the cuff, cut to mid lower arm, but still wide at the cuff) but the waistline is very much 1866. The war ruined the economy on both sides of the war - forcing many ladies to make due with what they had.