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Fabric choices for Civil War era dresses

It is surprising the colors and patterns and fabrics available back then. Every time I think I have got it down, I get surprised. If you check out the Sewing Academy, we have a whole section devoted to picking the right fabrics. http://thesewingacademy.org/index.php?topic=7124.0
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Fashion fabrics club...purple lawn - not quite sheer..suitable for nicer dresses - party, dance (not ball), pic-nics. Any age can wear sheer dresses.

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Apparel Fabric

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White/Purple Floral Lawn

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Apparel Fabric - Fabric By The Yard At Discount Prices

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Black Lawn

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Apparel Fabric

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1850–65 American, cotton - see the fabrics section for a closeup of the fabric.

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Mid-50s - all those little dots are called "picotage" - very typical of the times

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Morning dress | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Date: 1846 Culture: French (Lyons)

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Date: ca. 1865 Culture: English Medium: Wool, cotton

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Textile Sample Book | British

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1846 Culture: French Medium: Silk, cotton

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Textile Sample Book Date: 1860s Culture: French Met Museum

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Work book | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Textile Sample Book Date: ca. 1860 Culture: French Met Museum

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Textile Sample Book | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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