Friday, January 15, 2016
Green 1860's American Civil War Era Ballgown with Ribbonwork
From the seller:
A stunning 1860’s vivid green silk ball gown dress that is fresh from a NY estate. The family name was Stuart. The dress comes with a separate black velvet Bertha collar designed in a windowpane pattern. The bodice has a round neckline and short sleeves. The neckline and sleeves are trimmed with thin black lace trim. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a back hook and eye closure. The skirt is unlined except for a wide band of stiff cotton at the edge of the hemline. The dress is in good and sturdy condition. There are no splits in the fabric. There is some mild underarm discoloration and scattered age discoloration on the skirt. The largest one on the skirt is a 4 inch circle, the others are much smaller. (See photos.) Bust 34 Waist 28 Skirt length 43 Width at hemline 130.
The above is from La Mode illustrée 1863. My guess is the lady that made the extant one didn't have enough ribbon to cover it all. The illustration claims it is a green dress with black silk taffeta done in a puff style that is criss crossed all the way up along the bodice.
Another example a month later from the same magazine.