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Civil War Era Clothing

Civil War Era Clothing

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All The Pretty Dresses: Mid 19th Century Plaid Dress

Corset Lacing Instructions | Lacing instructions

Lacing Up Your Corset

4 Prints Civil War Photos Little Girls Party Dresses | eBay

4 Prints Civil War Photos Little Girls Party Dresses | eBay

Gossamer White Cotton Dress, c.1860

Summer day dress, ca. 1860s. Lightweight cotton with pink dotted pattern on white background. Bell-shaped sleeves have short caps. Oversleeve and cuffs trimmed with printed ruffles. Neck, armscyes, and waist are piped. Bodice lined with cotton; it has front hook and eye closure. Skirt attached to waist with cartridge pleating and is unlined. fiddybee/ebay

Ballgown, early 1860s. From a past ebay auction (Time Travelers Antiques.) The seller said c. 1864, but I think that’s latest possible date. Ballgown styles don’t change too much until 1865-6 with the new straight waists, tiny sleeves, and elliptical skirts. This bodice with the deep pointed waist and very wide berthe could easily be from 1860. The combination of pink windowpane sheer silk with the band of printed silk is amazing. The berthe is trimmed with expensive bobbin lace.

evening dress 1855-1860

Civil War Era 1860's Period Child's Red Black Plaid Wool Dress | eBay

civil war era paisley shawl - Google Search

civil war era paisley shawl - Google Search

civil war era paisley shawl - Google Search

Top: Child's dress, 1865. Bottom: Portrait of Emily Tucker at age four, 1864, wearing the same dress. De Young Museum. See:

Ball Gown 1858 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

A kingdom of conscience, or nothing



Woman's wedding or afternoon dress: bodice, skirt, and cape Date: ca. 1860 Media: Silk Rep, Silk Fringe, Velvet Ribbon, And Embroidered Lace Accession Number: 48.20.1a-c Burgundy 3-piece dress:fitted boned bodice, full-length underskirt and shorter overskirt. Sleeves flare from elbow bow. High neckline trimmed with detatchable lace collar. Fringe and velvet ribbon trim bodice front, sleeve hems and hem of overskirt.

Woman's wedding or afternoon dress: bodice, skirt, and cape -

1860 Plaid Silk Dress

Silk taffeta dress with velvet ribbon, lace, and rhinestones. c.1860's - Courtesy of the Philadelphia Art Museum. civil war era fashion girl

civil war ball gown bodice | 1860's Burgundy Silk Ballgown

Age of Antiquity

Wedding Dress, Massachusetts, USA: 1867 (made), 3 October 1867 (worn), silk satin, needle lace, cotton and whalebone strips. "In the nineteenth century the bride's dress was the focal point of a wedding just as it often is today. The fashionable cut and rich material lavished on this gown show that it was clearly designed for a prosperous bride. With its crisp, simple lines and high waist and gored skirt worn over a crinoline cage, it is similar to styles depicted in contemporary photographs and fashion plates. The shimmering silk satin, delicate lace trimmings and pleated bertha ( a collar-like trimming) give the gown a sumptuous quality as would have befitted a wealthy bride. The colour is also significant as brides of social standing tended to wear white, ivory or cream. The fashion for white wedding dresses started in the mid-eighteenth century, although most people were married in coloured gowns. By the early nineteenth century more and more women opted for white as it implied purity, cleanliness and social refinement. The less well off or more practically minded chose pale blue, dove grey or fawn which they could wear for special occasions long after the event. It was, however, acceptable and even desirable for fashionable brides to customise their dresses for the early days of married life. In this example there is evidence that long net sleeves were once attached to the short oversleeves and a chemisette would probably have covered the neck. As weddings took place during the day it was usually considered unseemly to reveal a low décolletage or bare arms. Net was ideal as it provided a modest covering without destroying the effect of the dress and could easily be removed to create a fashionable evening gown."

Wedding dress | V&A Search the Collections

Decorum was very important in the 1860s. Here, a chart shows "the proper length for little girls' skirts at various ages."

Time Traveling in Costume: Little Girls Civil War Dresses

Young lady's summer party dress, 1860s. White cotton voile with horizontal pinstripe weave printed with shaded green oak leaves, having drawstring boatneck, short puffed sleeve and three graduated skirt ruffles, self piping, cotton bodice lining, back hooks & eyes. Whitaker Auctions

Plaid 1860's Day Dress

All The Pretty Dresses: Plaid 1860's Day Dress

Wedding dress, circa 1860. Green silk taffeta patterned with motif of yellow rosebud inside a black diamond. Two bodices, one day and one evening. Hand-sewn. South Canterbury (NZ) Museum via eHive.

Philadelphia Museum of Art 1850 Silk Brocade Dress