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


Fabric choices for Civil War era dresses

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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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    Ann-Marie Meyers

    I am about to go into half mourning. This is a bit bright for me, but I like it.

White/Purple Floral Lawn

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Black Lawn

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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

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

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

Work book | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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

Textile Sample Book | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Textile Sample Book Date: 1862 Met Museum

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1860-1870 Fabric Sample Book Met Museum

Textile Sample Book | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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1846 Fabric Sample Book Met Museum

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  • Kendle Laycock
    Kendle Laycock

    Would any of these still be fabrics that were be used in the mid 1850's to 1860's?

1863-1868 NOTE: GREEN, PURPLE, BLUE AND RED all could fade to brown over the years, so these swatches may not look like the originals at all. Use these as guides for print patterns, rather than colors.

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Book of printed cottons, 1863-68 NOTE: GREEN, PURPLE, BLUE AND RED all could fade to brown over the years, so these swatches may not look like the originals at all. Use these as guides for print patterns, rather than colors.

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Book of printed cottons, 1863-68, approx. 29 pages of Indiennes, florals, geometrics, mainly in rich purples, browns - NOTE: GREEN, PURPLE, BLUE AND RED all could fade to brown over the years, so these swatches may not look like the originals at all. Use these as guides for print patterns, rather than colors.

1044: Book of printed cottons, 1863-68, approx. 29 page : Lot 1044

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Samples Made by Pacific Mills 1856

Pacific Mills | | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Japanese textiles at the Ashmolean Museum, England. Are these from the mid-19th century?

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TWO WOOL MATERNITY DAY DRESSES, 1850-1865 Inside lining

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TWO WOOL MATERNITY DAY DRESSES, 1850-1865

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PURPLE PRINT VOILE DRESS, c. 1850

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PRINTED WOOL CHALLIS DAY DRESS, 1860

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PRINTED VOILE DAY DRESS, 1860s

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cotton voile

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