Brown plaid silk 1850-55 Dress altered; extra scraps saved. Fitted straight waist bodice and skirt gathered to band, originally separate pieces. 1840s bodice had a long pointed cf and long tight fitting sleeves. Now pagoda sleeves worn with white cotton undersleeves. Skirt made of 7 lengths of 23" w silk taffeta, 160" at hem, bound in brown cotton. Bodice lined with brown cotton w 2 bones under the gathers, 1 down the rt cf by brass eyes that hook bodice.
In the Swan's Shadow: Brown plaid silk day dress, 1850-55
Dress with day & evening bodices, 1861. Hand-stitched and machine-stitched yellow silk taffeta with cotton lining and cashmere or mohair plush & silk cording. Caroline Bolles Cleveland wore this dress to President Lincoln’s inaugural ball in 1861. Connecticut Historical Society
1835-1845 American Overcoat at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - From the curators' comments: "This nicely tailored overcoat evokes a grand presence representative of its period. This would have been worn by a fashionable gentleman to protect his more delicate suit from the newfound repercussions of industrialization such as engine smoke."
Two-piece dress, 1870s. Striped bronze/gold corded silk and black velvet. Skirt hem, pleated ruffles, cuffs, and bustle back trim of matching black and gold satin. The bodice front inserts, skirt front pleated ruffles, and sweeping back train are ecru silk faille. Boned basque closes in front with crocheted buttons. Bodice interlined with ecru cotton sateen, skirt lined with ecru cotton, and bustle/train stiffened with buckram. Vintage Textile
Walking dress, Paris, ca. 1880-83. Silk velvet, silk satin, machine lace. Three pieces (bodice, skirt, bustle pouf). The complex draping of the overskirt creates the classic bustle silhouette which was hugely popular in the 1880s. This silhouette required an undergarment support provided by metal bustles or thick, voluminous pads filled with horsehair or cotton. This fullness made the waist look smaller. Mint Museum
Day dress, Britain, 1885. Printed cotton stitched onto cotton foundation skirt. Basqued bodice falls over cascade of drapery to create bustled silhouette. Dresses usually comprised separate pieces arranged onto foundation skirt. Here, pleated ruffles machine-sewn onto front panel of skirt to give impression of multi-layered garment. Swathe of fabric at top of skirt, “scarf drapery,” created simulated overskirt when pulled up & pleated into side seams. Victoria & Albert Museum
Burgundy Regency Coat over your shoulders and cut a gallant figure at your next festive event. Designed in the cut-away style found in early 19th century fashion, this men’s coat is ideal with our Fall Front Trousers for a true period look.