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Couture Historique: 1860s Fall Dresses

Here are a few more images of the dresses that my mother and I wore to an event this fall. Fall is my favorite season, so I was very excit.

26 - A front and side view of the 1862 gown I made with my students at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. The bodice as well as the corset is boned with Wissner plastic whalebone.

intro Making a corset was my first sewing experience, I was fourteen and it was the year I wanted one so badly!

Ruffles on hem and sleeves.  if i make that red ballgown for Christmas, i ought to make a day bodice! But I'll need an updated bonnet!

Red was a completely acceptable color for ladies. The myth that red was only worn by women who were not ladies (ahem.) is a myth. There are many, many descriptions of red dresses in fashion magazines.

1863 day dress, American, printed wool, silk braid, held at Philadelphia Museum of Art *beautiful fabric colors*

“Unidentified image with stylized Asian backdrop, via Vintage Everyday”

Womens Dresses from to About of the photo's from a disc I bought at a Civil War Re-enactment What a nice dress

Two summer gowns, 1850s-60s, comprising: pretty pink and white sprigged muslin gown, late 1850s-early 1860s, with fan pleats of fabric to the front bodice, flounces to upper sleeves and hem, front side fastening with fob pocket; together with another, mid 1860s printed with small blue flowerheads with scraps of matching fabric (2) Provenance: From the collection of the late Mary Wild A.R.C.A, costume designer, historian and collector. http://theebonswan.blogspot.com/

Two summer gowns, comprising: pretty pink and white sprigged muslin gown, late with fan pleats of fabri.

Day dress in 3 pieces (bodice, skirt, belt). Cream-colored wool with purple polka dots, lined in natural cotton and trimmed with purple silk ribbon. Lace trim on collar and cuffs. Long curved sleeves, full skirt with 3 tiers of ruffles above hem. Mode Museum, Antwerp

Day dress in 3 pieces (bodice, skirt, belt). Cream-colored wool with purple…

1865 - A gingham silk taffeta gown with an 18-inch waistline

1865 - A gingham silk taffeta gown with an waistline. Except for the waistline (Winnie is.more "substantial"), this is the kind of dress Winnie would have worn.

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