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Civil War Wrappers

A wrapper was a front-closing, expandable gown that you used while doing housework, or to cover your undergarments while you were getting ready for the day. Pregnant ladies also favored them since they expanded at the back to "grow" with your figure. Wrappers weren't usually seen by the general public, which is a shame because ladies often used wild and exciting designs and colors on them!

Civil War Wrappers

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Maternity Dress, circa 1865, United States. Materials: Cotton flannel gingham, silk gingham, velvet ribbon, steel hook and eyes, cotton twill lining (skirt), cotton flour sacks lining (bodice). Label: Part of printing on flour sack lining reads: Love. Wheat. Flour. Creek, PA. Miller.

Special Occasion

1850s Old Print Victorian High Fashion Robe Dress Crinoline Lady Civil War Era | eBay

Civil War women's wrapper Susan Green Collection of Historic Clothing John L Wehle Gallery

The Susan Greene Historic Clothing Exhibit

1840s—1860 Ladies’ Pleated Wrapper, Morning Dress, Work Dress and Maternity Dress with pleated bishop or pagoda sleeve, with or without standing collar.

Petticoat- for under a wrapper, since the front is so pretty.

Antioch Historical Society display - 4. Gotta love the buttons!

This is a new dress made from Laughing Moon Mercantile's pattern #118

interesting wrapper dress with plaid trim. [looking for ownership/provenance for this image; if you know it, please let me know!]

Civil War Era Blue Paisley Wool Challis Wrapper Maternity Dress | eBay seller mrandmrsciv; front button closure; blue crochet ball buttons, skirt was later sewn up to 10" from the waist, double drawstring casing at back to adjust dress during pregnancy, back half of skirt tightly gauged, front now knife pleated, bodice has tucks rather than darts; missing neck piping, lined in variety of silks; bust: 42"; waist: 31"; skirt length: 40"; hem width: 135"

wrapper with quilted front. Love this CDV.

  • Kathy Krewer
    Kathy Krewer

    Regretfully, I ask that you please delete this. The owner of the original image let me use it for a presentation in 2005, and be included on a CD given to conference attendees, with the following restriction: ”used by permission of Virginia Mescher – may not be copied or reproduced in any way without express written permission from her.” She had the right to do that. I don’t know how the image got out from the CD, but I'm taking steps now to remove it from sites. I hope you'll understand.

Delightful c1865 Silk Challis House Dress.

Delightful c1865 Silk Challis House Dress

Morning dress, European, ca. 1865. Cotton muslin. Los Angeles County Museum of Art


#1171, 1860's Exotic Fern & Plaid Green/Black Dress

Pattern # 118; Wrapper, Work-Dress, Morning Gown or Maternity Dress Ladies 1840's - 1860's Wrapper with 3 Sleeve Variations, 2 Collars and Belt or Drawstring Option

Fiber not known, American or European, 1862. Front cut in one piece, 2-piece back, full skirt. Features, collar, flared sleeves, tasseled waist cord, button frogs. Decorated with silk ribbon an gimp. MET- gorgeous wrapper! wrap-it-up

wrapper petticoat 1860s

Mid 19th Century Wrapper

Civil War Era Blue Paisley Wool Challis Wrapper Maternity Dress | front button closure; blue crochet ball buttons,

Charming 1860's Print Challis Wrapper Dress Museum de Accessioned | eBay

Charming 1860's Print Challis Wrapper Dress Museum De-accessioned

civil war era wrapper

February | 2008 | Sentimental Value

La Modes Illustree, January 1862

Ladies Of The 1860s: La Modes Illustree for January 1862

wrapper on the left

Woman's Morning Dress Europe, circa 1865 Costumes; principal attire (entire body) Cotton muslin Center back length: 62 in. (157.48 cm) Purchased with funds provided by Suzanne A. Saperstein and Michael and Ellen Michelson, with additional funding from the Costume Council, the Edgerton Foundation, Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer, Maureen H. Shapiro, Grace Tsao, and Lenore and Richard Wayne (M.2007.211.667) Los Angeles County Museum of Art

In the Swan's Shadow

All The Pretty Dresses: American Civil War Era Wrapper Dress

All The Pretty Dresses: American Civil War Era Wrapper Dress