From the seller:
This auction is for an original lady's 3 piece Day Dress from the post Civil War period. Consisting of a bodice, over-skirt and trained skirt, it is made of rich blue silk taffeta trimmed with loads of purple ruches and flounces. Features include dropped shoulders with piped armholes, coat-shaped sleeves and double-pointed waist. The bodice and trained skirt are lined with brown cotton. The over-skirt is unlined. The bodice fastens with purple crochet-covered buttons. Listed mainly for its incredible design, it is primarily suitable for inspiration and pattern-drafting. The right side displays reasonably well. It's bows are pinned on where holes indicated they might have been sewn on before. There is a small amount of fabric inside the bodice tails and the skirt waistband for patches.
Condition: Overall discoloration, tears, repairs (most poorly done) and patch fabric.
Measurements are: The bust measures 36 inches, The waist measures 22 inches.
|1870 Fashion Plate|
|1871 Fashion Plate|
This dress is probably from about 1870/1871. The sleeves still have that earlier 1860's look to them but the bustle and the bows come into play in the very late 1860's/early 1870's.