Civil War Wrappers
A wrapper was a front-closing, expandable gown that you used while doing housework, or to cover your undergarments while you were getting ready for the day. Pregnant ladies also favored them since they expanded at the back to "grow" with your figure. Wrappers weren't usually seen by the general public, which is a shame because ladies often used wild and exciting designs and colors on them!
wrapper petticoat 1860s
Charming 1860's Print Challis Wrapper Dress Museum de Accessioned | eBay
Charming 1860's Print Challis Wrapper Dress Museum De-accessioned
La Modes Illustree, January 1862
wrapper on the left
Woman's Morning Dress Europe, circa 1865 Costumes; principal attire (entire body) Cotton muslin Center back length: 62 in. (157.48 cm) Purchased with funds provided by Suzanne A. Saperstein and Michael and Ellen Michelson, with additional funding from the Costume Council, the Edgerton Foundation, Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer, Maureen H. Shapiro, Grace Tsao, and Lenore and Richard Wayne (M.2007.211.667) Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Le Bon Ton, January 1859.
In the Swan's Shadow: Le Bon Ton, January 1859.
Lovely cotton sheer early 1860s
Dark brown ribbed silk trimmed with woven striped ribbon in black, blue, coral and green, narrow brown velvet ribbon trim, collarless neckline, eleven pair velvet buttons and thread loops down center front, welt pockets trimmed with ribbon, ruched top pagoda sleeves, fitted back, back skirt box-pleated, brown cotton inner bodice boned and padded at chest, brass hooks & eyes, possibly maternity
Dressing/morning gown, 1850s