Monday, March 9, 2015

1850's Plaid Dress with Fan Front

From the seller:

An antique original 1850s, 60s vintage dress that's styled on a silk taffeta in rich colors of green, gold and blue. The dress would make a great display or it could be used for a pattern or possibly repaired. The silk fabric has top thread wear throughout the dress, the worse is shown in the last photo, the fabric is still sturdy and strong and could gently still be worn. The bodice is lined and has 19 sets of brass hook and eyes down the back, there's a pocket on the side of the skirt and the bottom of the skirt is lined in a sturdy polished cotton.

VINTAGE ~ ~ 1850s 60s


FABRIC ~~ Silk Taffeta

MEASUREMENTS ~ ~~ 56 1/2" length, 17" to 18" shoulder to waist, 32" bust, 24" waist, 16" across the drop shoulder seams, 16" sleeve length, 140" hem sweep.

CONDITION ~ ~ Besides the faults listed in the description above, there's some damage and fading/discoloration on the underarms.

From Me:

June 1853

Although the fashion plate's green dress has a ruffly skirt, the fan front and the widening sleeves are similar to the dress above. The fan front was most popular in the 1840's but pretty much stayed around for a while after.


  1. I adore fan-front dresses. The plaid on this one confirms my (still unresearched) suspicions on how they're drafted.

    On my To-Make list!

    1. I did one a few years ago: