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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!

Antioch Historical Society display - 4. Gotta love the buttons!

interesting wrapper dress with plaid trim. [looking for ownership/provenance for this image; if you know it, please let me know!]

Civil War Era Blue Paisley Wool Challis Wrapper Maternity Dress | eBay seller mrandmrsciv; front button closure; blue crochet ball buttons, skirt was later sewn up to 10" from the waist, double drawstring casing at back to adjust dress during pregnancy, back half of skirt tightly gauged, front now knife pleated, bodice has tucks rather than darts; missing neck piping, lined in variety of silks; bust: 42"; waist: 31"; skirt length: 40"; hem width: 135"

wrapper with quilted front. Love this CDV.

Fiber not known, American or European, 1862. Front cut in one piece, 2-piece back, full skirt. Features, collar, flared sleeves, tasseled waist cord, button frogs. Decorated with silk ribbon an gimp. MET- gorgeous wrapper! wrap-it-up

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

Ladies Of The 1860s: La Modes Illustree for January 1862

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

In the Swan's Shadow

All The Pretty Dresses: American Civil War Era Wrapper Dress

All The Pretty Dresses: American Civil War Era Wrapper Dress

Civil War era dress and cape with Union military influence.

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