Research for artwork Day dresses like these would have been worn by Mrs. Donoho while managing her hotel and caring for her children. There are also many lovely ballgowns such as those that may have been worn by her and guests at her balls and formal events in the mid 19th century.
Day dress, 1850s, British, (Lancashire), one-piece blue-grey taffeta (changeable shot-silk) brocaded with a repeat of tiny dots and abstract devices, the bodice decorated with black cord, clear and black beads, long sleeve with narrow cap and two puffed bands, sleeve and full, pleated skirt hemmed in black velvet, hook closures with bound holes in silk, muslin lining. B-33, W-23, L-58. From Whitaker Auctions
A common feature of 1850's and very early 1860's sidesaddle riding habits is the jacket style bodice with a long basque and peplum. As shown in this 1855 French fashion plate from Le Follet magazine, the bodice of a habit could either be jacket style and worn over a blouse or a regular fitted high necked bodice with a long basque and peplum.
This luxurious green dress is made of silk velvet, trimmed with silk fringe. It would have been EXTREMELY fashionable in the 1850s (this dress is from 1855-1857 specifically), as mentioned in this quote from the Illustrated London News of 1857: “Fringe was never so greatly in demand as at the present time…Fringe may be said to be the most becoming of all trimmings on a lady’s dress..." At the V Museum.