Monday, November 2, 2015

Post American Civil War Checkered Dress

From the seller:

A graceful 1860’s lilac plaid silk three piece dress. The ensemble consists of a bodice, over skirt and under skirt. The dress has been de-accessioned from a museum collection and is in as found condition. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front hook and eyehole closure. The buttons are decorative. The tops of the sleeves are decorated with a self fabric ruffle. The neck, armscyes and waist are piped. The over skirt is trimmed with dark purple silk and black lace trim. It is lined with cotton. The underskirt is fully lined with cotton. The dress is in fair condition. There are scattered small to large splits and holes in the fabric, mostly to the underskirt. A great piece for study of pattern. Bust 32 Waist 26 Under skirt length 39.

From Me:

My guess is 1866/1867. The slight puff at the top of the sleeve was popular then as well as the overskirt look we have here. Although this is a faux overskirt, that was done in the late 1860's.

Fashion Plate 1866

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