Monday, June 9, 2014

So Sweet! American Civil War Era Wrapper

From the seller:

A charming 1860’s Civil War era white cotton dress that has been de-accessioned from a museum collection. The fabric has a window pane pattern. The bodice and skirt hemline are trimmed with pink cotton. The pink cotton fabric has a white dotted pattern. The armscyes are piped. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front hook and loop closure. The skirt is fitted at the back with tight cartridge pleating. The front of the skirt has no pleating indicating that the dress might have been worn as a maternity dress. There is a tie belt on the front but one tie is missing. The skirt is unlined. The dress is in very good condition. There is no underarm discoloration and just a few small age spots along the edge of the hemline. There is a small mend near the armscye of one arm. A very pretty display dress. Bust 38 Waist 30 Skirt length 38 Back length 47 Width at hemline 164.

From Me:

I like the way the top is different from the rest of the wrapper/dress but she still managed to make it work. Very lovely.

The above is from 1864. You can see some of the similarities between the waist and the dress above. The top is different from the rest of the waist, the waist has puffy sleeves that are fitted at the cuff, and both have some gathering in the front. 

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