An gown inspired by an 1859 fashion plate

In between commissions, I have been working on a personal project- recreating a gown from an 1859 fashion plate found in Graham’s Magazine (American c. 1840-1858/9).

I was hoping to have this gown completed by last week to wear to a local Civil War Era event. But alas, it just did not get finished in time.
The dress is inspired by the plaid gown featured in the center of the fashion plate. The fabric I have chosen to reproduce the gown is a beautiful semi- transparent common gauze.

The bodice is lined in cotton muslin and the sleeves are left sheer.�The sleeve ruffles feature delicate�white worked�cotton. The bodice�will be worn over a chemisette and under sleeves made of dotted swiss.
Although I did not get my gown completed in time, we did attend the local re-enactment for a couple hours on Saturday morning. It was lovely to see old friends and revisit a hobby I once participated in.
While there, I picked up a few treasures from sutler’s row.
A beautiful mantelet or fichu fashioned from a vintage
hand- crocheted table linen- How clever!
The draping creates gorgeous layering
A petite vintage collar
A lovely hand made neckerchief
With delicate embroidery work

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.

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