Mid 19th century short sleeves- not just for girls!

Wow! Check out this image from the Museum of the Confederacy.
Notice the wife is wearing short sleeves! This ambrotype challenges the commonly held myth that only young and unmarried girls wore short sleeves during the mid 19th century!
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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.