From the seller:
DATING TO THE 1840’S
FASHIONED OF COTTON WITH A STRIPING, LINED IN A SOLID COTTON
FULLY HAND SEWN
THESE WOULD HAVE BEEN ATTACHED TO A GOWN, REMOVEABLE TO MAKE ITHE GOWN SHORT SLEEVE
MEASUREMENTS IN INCHES:
LENGTH: 14 1/2
I swore up and down that I had posted these years ago along with the original fan front bodice. I looked and couldn't find it though. Given the length, they were meant to go under those short sleeves we see all the time in 1840's fashion plates.
|1843 Fashion Plate|
Cotton was then as cotton is today - your everyday wear. You would no more wear a ballgown of cotton then then you would today - unless it's blended with silk! Short sleeves were still accepted during the summers in the 1840's. That didn't go away until the next decade and then it takes a good lifetime to get short sleeves back!