Sunday, December 20, 2015
1840's dress remade in the 1860's Stripes!
From the seller:
An exceptional 1835-1840 taupe ribbon stripe silk dress that was originally worn by Lucinda Tibbets (1814-1870) of Maine. Years later her descendent Mrs. Vance Tibbets wore the dress to a D.A.R function. A handwritten not will come with the dress. The front of the bodice is fan pleated. The Gigot styled sleeves have stitched down pleating at the top. The armscyes, neck and waist are piped. The bodice is lined with cotton and the lining has a front hook and eye closure. The silk fabric also has a front hook and eye closure. The skirt is unlined except for a wide band of cotton at the edge of the hemline. The dress is in excellent and sturdy condition. There are no splits or holes in the fabric. There is some light underarm discoloration and a section of the lining on the edge of the skirt will need some re-stitching. A beautiful dress with authentic documentation. Bust 34 Waist 24 Skirt length 40.
Although the gathered top of the sleeves and the fan front style are very 1840's, the pleating of the skirt, the straight not pointed waist, and the overall shape are more in line with the 1860's styles. I wouldn't be surprised if the lady that originally wore this in the 1840's wore it again in the 1860's during the Civil War.