1840s-1860s Ladies Adjustable Morning Dress, Wrapper, and Maternity Dress; with two, one or no darts, depending on the desired fit,
bishop, coat and close sleeves as well as a mancheron or cap sleeve, and three different collar options. Approximately 1840's-1860's.
Size 6-34, All in the Envelope.
Intermediate Skill Level.
View A is a bishop sleeved wrapper with a piped jewel neckline, which can be left open over a fancy petticoat. View B is a close sleeved wrapper
with mancherons and a standing collar. View C is a coat sleeved wrapper with a flat collar which can be cut large or small. All views have a
one-piece front, cartridge pleated skirt and a optional drawstring.
Fabric: Cotton calico, cotton chintz, cotton broadcloth, wool broadcloth, wool challis, wool crepe, silk taffeta. Lining: Any kind of cotton most
wrappers seem to have been lined with scrap fabrics. Interfacing: A medium weight interfacing.
Notions: All views - 8, 1/2" buttons or 14 hooks and eyes, more will be required if the dress buttons all the way to the hem.
Fine cotton cooking twine or cotton knitting yarn.
This dress was called different things according to the style and fabric. It is a morning dress. If left undarted and loose at the waist it is
a wrapper. If darted, confined at the waist with a belt, and made with finer materials it is a gown suitable for a wider range of occasions. If
it is made of materials that will wash, or wool and finished plain, it can be called a work dress. Worn loose it can be worn for maternity