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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.

1850–65 American, cotton - see the fabrics section for a closeup of the fabric.

Mid-50s - all those little dots are called "picotage" - very typical of the times

Date: 1846 Culture: French (Lyons)

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

1846 Culture: French Medium: Silk, cotton

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

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

Textile Sample Book Date: 1862 Met Museum

1860-1870 Fabric Sample Book Met Museum

1846 Fabric Sample Book Met Museum

  • Kendle Laycock

    Would any of these still be fabrics that were be used in the mid 1850's to 1860's?

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.

Samples Made by Pacific Mills 1856

Japanese textiles at the Ashmolean Museum, England. Are these from the mid-19th century?

TWO WOOL MATERNITY DAY DRESSES, 1850-1865 Inside lining

TWO WOOL MATERNITY DAY DRESSES, 1850-1865

PURPLE PRINT VOILE DRESS, c. 1850

PRINTED WOOL CHALLIS DAY DRESS, 1860

PRINTED VOILE DAY DRESS, 1860s