Civil War Dress in Blue Plaid Silk Taffeta

Circa 1860. Probably the dress she wore to go to church or weddings, done in blue, cream, and brown and black silk taffeta, it was most likely a dress for a young woman. This dress has been altered, we believe the alterations are close to its original creation. Evidence of alteration is the black silk taffeta running down the front and when examined closely the polished cotton lining is in a lighter color here. Perhaps as she aged, she needed extra room. There is also evidence of machine stitching in this area. The rest of the dress seems to be entirely hand-sewn. We marvel at all twenty buttons, silk covered with jet centers. A black ruffle runs down the sleeve from shoulder to wrist and also decorates there. The dress, of course, had the fullness to accommodate a hoop of this era. Unfortunately, this dress is not in great condition. As seen in the photos, there are multiple places where the silk is disintegrating and splitting. There is significant damage to the hem. Still, the beauty and charm of the period is well represented. Measurements: Shoulder to shoulder: 13 inches Bust: 32 inches Waist: 23 inches Shoulder opening: 10 inches Sleeve length: 22 inches From shoulder to hem: 56 inches
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