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Dress patterns, from the Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, 1860, Cup.702.e.2 British Library

Dress patterns, from the Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, 1860, Cup.702.e.2 British Library

Now sweetie, just stay with me and no one will know you are a boy.

American House Cap (circa 1860) made of silk. An earlier version of the cap worn by ladies when relaxing at home. This one is delicately embroidered and adorned with a ribbon

Dress Date: 1860s Culture: American or European Medium: silk Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of Miss Irene Lewisohn, 1941 Accession Number: C.I.41.170.3a–c

ca. 1860. This is so similar to the dress I just received from Kay Gnagey!

That is SWANSDOWN manipulated in this manner...this is now the third or fourth garment I've seen done this way

Classic 1860s style, in this case a wedding dress. White was just beginning to be used, but was hardly traditional at this point.

llustration of Ladies' Fashions, from The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, 1860,

1860's I have never seen a skirt and blouse this big before. I wonder if the woman is pregnant? They would hike their skirt over the stomach until the last few months, which was called "their time of confinement". I guess people knowing that you were pregnant was wrong? What on earth did they think babies came from?