This dress is made of reproduction print cotton fabric. The bodice is fully lined with antique glazed cotton and the skirt is fully lined with new cotton fabric to match the antique glazed cotton. The bodice has pagoda sleeves, shoulders that are dropped 3 inches past the natural shoulder line, is partially boned in both the front and the back, has self bias piping around the neck, armholes, and waist, and has detachable undersleeves made of cotton nainsook that button at the wrist with mother of pearl buttons. The bodice fastens with 15 vintage hooks and eyes. The skirt is made up of seven underlined panels that are cartridge pleated onto a waistband, it opens at the left front, and has ½ inch black wool braid around the bottom at the hemline.
This dress was sewn by machine, as would have been appropriate for the 1850-1860 time period, using cotton thread, and finished with considerable hand sewing.
With the exception of the antique glazed cotton used in the bodice lining of the dress, all fabric is newly made reproduction fabric. The scarcity and fragility of antique fabrics make them impractical to use in making reproduction clothing, especially if the clothing is to be worn. The wool braid is also newly made.
To order a similar dress, please provide your exact measurements and fabric preferences. Your measurements should be taken when you are wearing the appropriate under garments (i.e. corset, caged crinoline, and petticoats) and shoes.
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