1830s American dress for day wear

I am currently working on a commission for an 1830s era day dress. It is made of 100% roller printed cotton in a gorgeous shade of rosy pink. It has a small pale pink diamond pattern printed throughout. I saw this exact fabric (color included!) in an 1850s era quilt at the Heritage Center right outside the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. So when this repro material came in one of my samples packets, I immediately snapped it up!

Reproduction cotton print

I love the clean lines of the Romantic Era. Here are a few snapshots of the dress in progress.

1830s day gown  1830s day gown cuff

And here are some pictures of the completed 1830s American dress for day wear. Under the dress is a white cotton voile chemisette with vintage buttons.

1830s gown   1830s gown  1830s gown
Still a gorgeous color! The back of the dress uses a hook and eye closure

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.