Day Dress (bodice and skirt) 1863-65. "During this period the wide skirt was fashionable. The fullness of the skirt had receded towards the back of the garment creating a flatter front. Women had crinoline petticoats made of steel hopes under their dresses to give the required shape. Lightweight fabrics (silk and muslin) were popular. This gown is silk with hand embroidery in black silk with black taffeta and a lace collar." Victoria and Albert museum.
American Civil War Era Dress c. 1860’s. The dress appears to be entirely hand sewn and is constructed from a tan/light gold iridescent silk; fully lined (both bodice and skirt) with off-white polished cotton. Measurements are taken in inches with the garment lying flat. Armpit to Armpit 16, Across Waist 13, Across Dropped Shoulder 17, Length 54 and Hem Circumference 122.
1860-1865 Silk day dress with ever present little white detachable collar, lace trimmed undersleeves & nice pattern of lace trim on dress sleeves. Note the popular pleated ribbon hair decoration; CDV