Mid 19th century Bold print gown

This gown was created for client in a neighboring Southern state and was based upon an image of her great great grandmother. The original gown is made from a bold stripe on a dark background. (The client requested I do not share the original image). Working together, we settled upon this reproduction print as inspiration for the original gown.

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While black is the traditional choice for mid 19th century belting, I felt the darker tone would mute the beautiful coloring of this print. Therefore, I chose to create a crimson red cotton velveteen belt to offset the gorgeous jewel tones.  Also, extant gowns of this period show an affinity for bright, bold patterns and ornamentation.

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For more information about this gown or any of our custom order historical clothing, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

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About Susan

Hi! My name is Susan and I am a historian, seamstress, teacher, mother, and wife. My passion for history has manifested itself in the art of recreating clothing from different periods of time. Growing up in the American South, I am heavily schooled in the art of recreating clothing from the 19th century. After nearly a decade of immersing myself primarily in the Victorian period, I found the need to branch out and explore other periods of time. However, it is my connection with the American South and the clothing of rural America that continues to be the driving force behind my designs.