1850-1860s Dress

Just finished!�A custom 1850s-1860s era gown for a client in Colorado. This gown is our American South dress (#1851W)�constructed from historical print #FS106.


In the past, I have had inquiries about my construction methods. One email in particular inquired if we match our plaids and stripes at the seams. The answer is yes, we do!


Matching prints at seams (particularly at center front) is a sign of thoughtful cutting and skilled construction.


Also included in this gown is a contrasting hem protector that not only protects the bottom of the dress but also balances the color of the wooden buttons.

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.