Civil War Era Past Pattern
#700 1850-1862 Gathered or Pleated Skirt Fashionable Skirt
The skirt can be gathered and flounced, knife-plaited or box-plaited. The original fabric of the ruffled skirt and the gathered bodice is a thin cotton. The plaited skirt and the fitted bodice fabric is a light-weight wool plaid.
The lady holding the book is wearing a loose-fitting bodice with bishop sleeves (see pastpattern701) The front closes with covered buttons that match the ribbon trim on the cuffs and flounce and gloves. The bodice is fitted into a waistband with gathering or pleating. The original fabric is an open weave, light weight, silk and cotton.
The lady with the umbrella wears the same bodice but has chosen a fitted bodice with a one piece peg-top sleeve. The front of her bodice fastens with hooks and eyes. The bodice is fitted into a waistband with gathering or pleating. The original fabric is a light weight, soft wool.