Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Late American Civil War Era Cotton Print Dress

From the seller:

A charming 1860’s Civil War cotton print dress. The fabric has a two tone lilac colored leaf pattern on a white background. The dress is trimmed with bands of floral trim in red, blue black and lilac. The sleeves have a unique treatment with puffing at the top and on the sleeve cuffs. The puffing is held in place with bands of trim. The neck and armscyes are piped. The dress has a front button closure that extends from the neckline to hemline. The buttons are covered with the printed fabric that uses the leaf pattern. The front waist has a tie belt. The bodice has a camisole lining that has a front hook and eye closure. The skirt is unlined. The dress has a loose front waist indicating that at one time it might have been used for maternity purposes. The dress is in very good, clean and sturdy condition. There is a 1 inch split near the side pocket, a small area of loose stitching at the waist and a split in the belt that will need minor repair. Bust 36 Waist 30 Skirt length 41 Width at hemline 180.
From Me:

1864 Fashion Plate

I'm posting the above fashion plate because of the sleeves. The extant dress and the dress closest to us in the fashion plate both have fitted cuffs but, otherwise, huge sleeves - almost to the point they look 1830's in a way. This dress may have even been from the 1830's and redone well to the latest fashion. The skirt is very much mid 1860's as is the waistline.

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