This ensemble of Civil War era day dress, ball gown, cape, and hair ornament was hand made in the recent past by a skilled seamstress. It is very high quality, not "costume-y" at all. From my personal collection but no longer fits me.
Closures are period-correct (hooks&eyes, lacing, etc.). There is piping at all appropriate edges and seams. No velcro, snaps, zippers, etc. Hand-pleated ribbon trim. All pieces are made with a heavy-weight cotton-blend material in a deep pine green. The trim is black.
Quality set is shown on the seamstress who is 5'6". She's wearing a 6-bone hoop. This set includes:
SKIRT - Knife-pleated and hand-sewn to waistband, twill dust hem protects bottom edge of skirt, hook&eye closure, eyes to match hooks on both bodices prevent them from riding up while worn
waistband: 26 3/4" (hooks&eyes could be moved to make it about 2" bigger)
length: 42.5" at front, 44" at back
skirt circumference/hem sweep: 215"
BALL GOWN BODICE - fully lined, boned, closes at back with ribbon laced corset-style through hand-sewn eyelets, drawstring neckline, pointed hem front and back, lace and velvet-rosette trim
bust: 34" (will fit up to 36", snugly)
back length (to point): 18"
DAY BODICE - fully lined, closes at front with 20 hooks&eyes, pagoda sleeves with mancherons (sleeve caps), lace trim at neck, pleated ribbon on sleeves
neck circumference: 16 1/4"
bust: 37 1/2"
waist: 28 1/2"
back length: 15"
CAPE - fully lined, frog closure at neck, slits for hands
BELT for DAY ensemble- black velvet with large bow and hook&eye closure
HAIR ORNAMENT - on modern, french-style barrette for convenience and security
ADDITIONAL SET OF SLEEVES (these were the original set) - can be used as extra fabric if needed in the future for additional projects or repairs
The day-ensemble under-sleeves are NOT included.
This set is in great condition, with only the most minor signs of wear. Clean, fresh, and ready to wear. The day bodice interior hooks were moved lower to accommodate my long torso, leaving tiny holes at the original spots on the lining only (email us for photos if you're concerned). The hooks are easily moved back if needed.
A quick search will show that a ball gown alone will cost you more than we're asking for this entire, high-quality set. Live out those Gone With the Wind fantasies and become Scarlet O'Hara in this beautiful Civil War era ensemble.
Overseas customers, please contact us for shipping options. This set requires a large box and shipping weight is 10 pounds. Free domestic shipping.
Note: International buyers are responsible for any taxes or import fees. BDV has no way to predict or estimate these costs.
(BDV SKU: 00540-001)
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