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Fabric choices for Civil War era dresses

It is surprising the colors and patterns and fabrics available back then. Every time I think I have got it down, I get surprised. If you check out the Sewing Academy, we have a whole section devoted to picking the right fabrics. http://thesewingacademy.org/index.php?topic=7124.0

Fashion fabrics club...purple lawn - not quite sheer..suitable for nicer dresses - party, dance (not ball), pic-nics. Any age can wear sheer dresses.

  • Ann-Marie Meyers

    I am about to go into half mourning. This is a bit bright for me, but I like it.

Date: ca. 1865 Culture: English Medium: Wool, cotton

Textile Sample Book Date: 1860s Culture: French Met Museum

Work book | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Textile Sample Book Date: ca. 1860 Culture: French Met Museum

Textile Sample Book | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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1863-1868 NOTE: GREEN, PURPLE, BLUE AND RED all could fade to brown over the years, so these swatches may not look like the originals at all. Use these as guides for print patterns, rather than colors.

Book of printed cottons, 1863-68 NOTE: GREEN, PURPLE, BLUE AND RED all could fade to brown over the years, so these swatches may not look like the originals at all. Use these as guides for print patterns, rather than colors.

Book of printed cottons, 1863-68, approx. 29 pages of Indiennes, florals, geometrics, mainly in rich purples, browns - NOTE: GREEN, PURPLE, BLUE AND RED all could fade to brown over the years, so these swatches may not look like the originals at all. Use these as guides for print patterns, rather than colors.

TWO WOOL MATERNITY DAY DRESSES, 1850-1865 Inside lining

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