Mid 19th century rural dress

Each year for the past three years I make a version of my lined mid 19th century gown for a museum in North Carolina. Here are a few images of this year’s gown:

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19th century rural dress hem facing

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Many thanks to Island Farm for three great years of historical interpretation!

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.