Thursday, December 17, 2015

Late American Civil War Era Dress Remade from an 1840's Dress

From the seller:

A charming 1860’s white and blue print cotton dress. The fabric has a small blue palm print on a pure white background. The bodice has a built in cotton camisole lining. The armscyes are piped. The inside lining has a hook and loop closure. The skirt is attached to the waist with cartridge pleating. The skirt is unlined except for a wide band of cotton at the edge of the hemline. The dress is in very good and sturdy condition. There are no splits or holes in the fabric. There is no underarm discoloration. There are a couple of tiny age spots. Bust 32 Waist 24 ½ Skirt length 38 Width at hemline 150.

From Me:

The way you can tell this beauty was remade is by looking at the center waist front. Notice the way it's stitched? Classic fan front of the 1840's. However, everything else about this dress is made to 1860's fashion tastes.

1864 Fashion Plate via the Bartos Collection

Although the white dress in the fashion plate is much fancier, you can see the gathered front, the shape of the sleeve, and the silhouette of the dress is the same.

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