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Ladies Formal / Ball Bodices, Skirts & Dresses

Nineteenth Century (1800s) including: Federal Era,
Jacksonian Era, Dickens, Manifest Destiny, Victorian,
California Gold Rush, Mexican War, Antebellum,
American Civil War, Old West, Gilded Age and Gay 90s
(Pre-Civil War through 1900)
including Corded Petticoat, Hoop and Bustle Dresses


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Our Dresses are Custom Made

    All our dresses are custom made, much the same as they were in the 1800s; except you don't need to come in person, we do it long distance. We do not offer off the rack dresses, although we sometimes have prototype dresses or dresses pre-made as one of a kind (such as the "Frocks of Ages" "Imperials"). We DO NOT make a copy, or copies, of a dress that has already been made. The only except to this would be to reproduce an original period dresses. If you find a dress that we have already made and want one "just like it" we will not do this. But we will work with you to make one that you will like, but is not identical to an existing dress. That way you can never show up somewhere and have someone there in the same dress.

    The dresses we offer are made from authentic patterns, period photographs and drawings or modified patterns (to make them authentic or to create a dress from a drawing or photograph). There are many more patterns for reproduction dress available than we are able to show on the web site. If you have found a pattern that you would like to have a dress made from, we can most likely use it.

    To make a dress from a pattern we do not show, you need to send us the name of the pattern maker and the pattern number or send us the pattern. For dresses made from a drawing or photograph, you will need to send us the drawing/photo and as much description of the dress and time period as possible.

    If you can't find a pattern, photo or drawing of exactly what you want, we will work to your specifications. Call, Write or E-Mail to discuss what you want.

Prices

    Starting price is for cotton material and basic style shown, other materials, modifications, additional trim or other changes will affect the final price. We believe that our prices are very competitive for the quality and authenticity we offer.

Materials

    Materials range from cotton, cotton blends, woolens, silk and others in an array of colors. Dresses can be made of a solid color, a print or combination of both in complementary or contrasting colors?

    Materials will be different for a day dress, vs. riding habit vs. a formal, evening or ball / dance dress.

    You can select a color and let us pick out the style of material, to fit the occasion. You might want to consider that bodice/ blouses and skirt were to look like dresses and visa versa, so matching material for both would not be unusual.

    Pastel Colors: to use for dance or spring. Ranging from light yellow, pink, blue and etc.

    Dark Colors: Navy, medium brown to chocolate brown, greens, blues, burgundy, wine, rust and etc. (we don't suggest navy, since it fades heavily).

    Medium Colors: browns, greens, blues, rust, and etc.

    Earth tones Colors:  Cream, off white, tan's, browns, rust, etc.

Trim / Decoration

    Trims can be braid, lace and or piping in matching or contrasting color. The amount of trim and type of trim used will be done according to the style and use of the dress. We can also do some lace or crocheted collars, etc. If you have something special in mind for trim or decoration, check with us to see id we can do it.

Fit / Sizing / Measurements

    Many of the order boxes ask for the necessary measurements required for the particular dress. Not all have been updated to ask for this information. If the sizes are not asked for on the order box, it is best to fill out the Women's Measurement Chart to obtain the best fit. UNLESS the dress is to be worn by multiple people or is for display only (such as for a museum docent or mannequin), then it can / should be ordered by a standard dress size.


Ladies Late 1820s - 1836 Lowell Mill Day / Full Crown Dress

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1830's to 1840's Day Dress without Pelerine, 19th Century
Full High Crown
1830's to 1840's Day Dress without Pelerine, 19th Century
Lowell Mill
     This page has two different dresses for the same time period with two options. Both are lined & bone bodices. If you notice this time period has higher up waist band, approx. 1-2" above belly button. This is the corded petticoat time period, although new starters use the 4 bone hoop, till they can afford or have the time to make the corded petticoat. (See Hoop/ corded petticoat section). This time period is approx. 125" in diameters, at the bottom of skirt. So if wish the skirt to fuller put a notation in the comment field

    Full Crown dress is from 1830's up until 1836's. Which doesn't mean after 1836 this dress wasn't worn, since most women couldn't afford to throw anything away.

    This dress has rectangle skirt panels and scooped bodice with dropped shoulders with gigot sleeves. The hem at ankle length. Closes in back with hook & eyes. The drawing has it with a little fuller sleeves then what it really is.

    Lowell Mill dress is from the 1820's up until 1836's. This is not the same dress a "A". This dress more of a square neckline, off the shoulders, then the top of the sleeves are knife/ dart going downward to have a smoother look. Then the sleeves pucker out to a gather looking sleeve, then down to more of a tailored sleeve.

    The Pelerine Caplet shown in the picture below, is like a fichu-u, or cape, a little hard to described. It can be ordered to go with either "A" or "B" as a dress up item. Can be done simply for cold weather or very decorative for evening wear and dress occasions.

    Bertha, as shown in photo below (sample B) as white at top of bodice. This is like what we'd call today as a dickie. The one below is white cotton, pleated down front with stand up collar, buttons half way up the back. There is a front and back, which then ties on both sides at the waist. 

    Trim and Style (Use): The amount of trim varies with the intended use and social status of the owner. It can vary from no trim for a simple work/day dress to very fancy for a fancy tea or evening dress. The shopping cart offers five (5) levels for this dress: Work dress, Day Dress (simple trim), Day/Tea Dress (moderate trim), Tea dress (fancy), Evening dress (very fancy). We will add more pictures to show samples of the different levels as we can. For other variations or amounts of trim, please call or email us and talk about your needs/desires.

    Optional: A Bertha or Pelerine Caplet, buttons or hook & eyes and diameters of bottom of skirt.

Late 1820s - 1836 Lowell Mill Day / Full Crown Dress

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1830's to 1840's Day Dress with Pelerine, front. 19th Century
Sample A
Full Crown
w/Pelerine
front
1830's to 1840's Day Dress with Pelerine, back. 19th Century
Sample A
Full Crown
w/Pelerine
back
1830's to 1840's Day Dress, front. 19th Century
Sample A
Full Crown
front
 
 We DO NOT make identical dresses. DO NOT ask for a dress "just like" one that we 
have already made. Something must be changed: color, trim, fabric design or dress
pattern. Also many of the fabrics shown are no longer available. That is why we don't
list specific fabric choices.
1830's to 1840's Day Dress, back. 19th Century
Sample A
Full Crown
back
 
1830's to 1840's Day Dress, back. 19th Century
Sample B
Full Crown
w/Bertha
Front
1830's to 1840's Day Dress, back. 19th Century
Sample C
Lowell Mill
Front
 

    This REPRODUCTION Clothing item is Made in the USA. This a quality reproduction item made as close as is modernly possible. Sewing is done by machine to keep costs down (except where hand sewing is required) and most do not show externally. Some items offer hand sewing on exposed stitching (such as buttonholes) for an additional cost.

    Pictures of the item on this page are pictures of the item we sold. All pictures of items we sell are Copyrighted, either by us or our supplier of the item.

    This is not a costume that is made using modern construction or components that did not exist during the time of its original usage (IE: zippers, etc.). Beware of fakes, especially ones using images stolen from this site (Copyright Infringement).

    Available in dress sizes 8 to 20, can possibly adjust for some other sizes, e-mail on this. Price for Sample A (Late 1820's thru Early 1830's Museum Quality) simply made with Pelerine $256.00; Sample B (Late 1820's thru Early 1830's) with Pelerine $176.00; Sample C Mid-1830's (Museum Quality) without Pelerine $208.00

Measurements needed:
  1. Height:  With shoes you will be using (Item 1 from measurement chart).
  2. Bust/Chest: Around the chest (Item 4 from measurement chart).
  3. Waist: Around the natural waist (Item 14 from measurement chart).
  4. Arm Length: Top of Shoulder to Middle of Wrist (Item 10 from measurement chart).
  5. Wrist: Around the wrist at the wrist bone (Item 11 from measurement chart).
  6. Stop sign; From the back of the neck bone at base, straight out to elbow, then up to wrist bone. (Item 6 from measurement chart).
    Custom made item, please allow 4 - 8 weeks for delivery. Custom Clothing and Uniforms are not returnable. Starting price is for cotton material and style shown, other materials, modifications, additional trim or other changes will affect the price. Rush orders MAY be available for an additional price, call us about this. A rush order reduces the manufacturing time but DOES NOT include faster shipping, for faster shipping use the shipping option on the "View Cart" page.

1820s-1836 Lowell Mill (LFHP-LDE20s-Past0806)

1830s-1836 Full Crown Dress (LFHP-LDE30s-Past0803)


1830's to 1840's Day Dress, back. 19th Century

Priced From:
$128.00
Plus Fabric
Size Size Chart
Full Crown or Lowell Mill
Material Descriptions
Basic Color Theme
Color Tone
Skirt Lining
Dust Strip
Bertha/Pelerine
Use (Style and Trim)
Height
"
Bust
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Waist
"
Neck to Waist
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Waist to Floor
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Arm Length
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Wrist
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Neck
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Skirt Finished Length
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Want to make your own dress?
Purchase the pattern for the Lowell Mill Day or Full Crown Dress


Lowell Mill Dress by Past Patterns. #806, 19th Century

Lowell Mill Dress
by Past Patterns. #806

According to family records, this dress was worn by Mary Gregg Butler. The original appears to have been made in the late 1820s or early 1830s when the sleeves were full. After the full sleeve fell from favor around 1836, the sleeves on the dress were banded down. The pelerine caplet is worn with the full sleeves.

   The original fabric on the dress with the banded-down sleeves is a fine white cotton print with red, blue and brown flowers, leaves and vines. The fabric for the full-sleeved dress is a large poinsettia with morning trumpet flowers and large broad leaves.

   This pattern is multi-sized 8 through 20. Sizes 8-14 require 7-1/4 Yds. of 45 inch wide fabric; sizes 16-20 require 7-3/4 Yds. of 45 inch wide fabric. Newly updated in 2008.

Price Quantity Add 2 Cart
$36.00 each
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More Authentic Period Patterns
1830s Full High Gown pattern #003. By Past Patterns, 19th Century

1830s Full High Gown.
by Past Patterns #003

   The 1830's Full High Gown is copied from an original in The Hermitage Clothing Collection. The Hermitage, located in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

   The Hermitage gown is dated to the 1830's by its rectangular skirt panels and dropped shoulders with gigot sleeves. In 1836 the gigot sleeves became unfashionable and were replaced with a sleeve that had a fullness below the elbow. Before 1836, fashion plates illustrated the hem at ankle length, but after 1836 the hem descended to the instep. The gown closes in the back with four hooks and eyes; one at the neck and three on the waistband.

   Sizes 10-14 require 7 1/4 Yds. of 45 inch wide fabric; sizes 16-20 require 7 3/8 Yds. of 45 inch wide fabric.

1830s Full High Gown #003
by Past Patterns.

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$18.00 each
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More Authentic Period Patterns

Ladies 1830s Lauren Dress: Evening

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1830s Day, Evening or Wedding Lauren Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies
    This is a custom made dress for a museum, made in 2007 from a painting of one of the original residents (see picture on the left). This dress needs to be made of very light material, and calls for a lot of material, as you can tell. Also a dress designed not for a large woman.

    The bodice/ top is .

    The skirt is.

    This dress needs to be called on, for material availability.

    NOTE;  This is the corded petticoat era, although some seem to start with the 4 bone hoop, before adding the expensive of a corded petticoat. You need to decide how you want to proceed in this area.

    Priced from: $430.00 Plus Fabric. Call, Write or E-Mail with your interests and we will try to accommodate your needs.

Ladies 1830s Lauren Dress: Evening

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1830s Day, Evening or Wedding Lauren Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies
Front
1848 Day, Evening or Wedding Fan Front Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies
Side
1830s Day, Evening or Wedding Lauren Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies
Shoulder Lace
1830s Day, Evening or Wedding Lauren Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies
Sleeve
 We DO NOT make identical dresses. DO NOT ask for a dress "just like" one that we 
have already made. Something must be changed: color, trim, fabric design or dress
pattern. Also some of the fabrics shown may no longer be available. That is why we don't
list specific fabric choices.

    This REPRODUCTION Clothing item is Made in the USA. This a quality reproduction item made as close as is modernly possible. Sewing is done by machine to keep costs down (except where hand sewing is required) and most do not show externally. Some items offer hand sewing on exposed stitching (such as buttonholes) for an additional cost.

    Pictures of the item on this page are pictures of the item we sold. All pictures of items we sell are Copyrighted, either by us or our supplier of the item.

    This is not a costume that is made using modern construction or components that did not exist during the time of its original usage (IE: zippers, etc.). Beware of fakes, especially ones using images stolen from this site (Copyright Infringement).


Ladies 1830s xxx Dress: Tea or Evening

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1830s  Day or Tea Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies dresses
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Trim:
  1. Day - Plain - no ruching / ruffles (Not Shown).
  2. Day/Tea - Sleeve and Sleeve Cap Ruching Trim Only (Not Shown).
  3. Tea - Full Bodice Ruching and Bows, as shown in picture.
Note: Ruching: material making a ruche. Ruche: a strip of pleated lace, net, muslin or other material for trimming or finishing a dress, as at the collar or sleeves.

Ladies 1830s xxx Dress: Day or Tea

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1830s  Day or Tea Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies dresses
Front
1830s  Day or Tea Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies dresses
Back
1830s  Day or Tea Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies dresses
Bodice
1830s Day or Tea Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies dresses
Cuffs
 We DO NOT make identical dresses. DO NOT ask for a dress "just like" one that we 
have already made. Something must be changed: color, trim, fabric design or dress
pattern. Also many of the fabrics shown are no longer available. That is why we don't
list specific fabric choices.
1830s  Day or Tea Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies dresses
Chemisette
1830s  Day or Tea Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies dresses
Cuff Detail
1830s  Day or Tea Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies dresses
Original Drawing

    This REPRODUCTION Clothing item is Made in the USA. This a quality reproduction item made as close as is modernly possible. Sewing is done by machine to keep costs down (except where hand sewing is required) and most do not show externally. Some items offer hand sewing on exposed stitching (such as buttonholes) for an additional cost.

    Pictures of the item on this page are pictures of the item we sold. All pictures of items we sell are Copyrighted, either by us or our supplier of the item.

    This is not a costume that is made using modern construction or components that did not exist during the time of its original usage (IE: zippers, etc.). Beware of fakes, especially ones using images stolen from this site (Copyright Infringement).

    Custom made item, please allow 4 - 8 weeks for delivery. Custom Clothing and Uniforms are not returnable. Starting price is for cotton material and style shown, other materials, modifications, additional trim or other changes will affect the price. Rush orders MAY be available for an additional price, call us about this. A rush order reduces the manufacturing time but DOES NOT include faster shipping, for faster shipping use the shipping option on the "View Cart" page.

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Ladies 1830s Dresses: Formal and Ball

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Ball Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies Skirts, Bodice and Skirt

What's coming in the Future

    In the future we will be adding dresses from patterns for the 1830s. Call, Write or E-Mail with your interests and we will try to accommodate your needs.

    "Currently in development".

    This REPRODUCTION Clothing item is Made in the USA. This a quality reproduction item made as close as is modernly possible. Sewing is done by machine to keep costs down (except where hand sewing is required) and most do not show externally. Some items offer hand sewing on exposed stitching (such as buttonholes) for an additional cost.

    Pictures of the item on this page are pictures of the item we sold. All pictures of items we sell are Copyrighted, either by us or our supplier of the item.

    This is not a costume that is made using modern construction or components that did not exist during the time of its original usage (IE: zippers, etc.). Beware of fakes, especially ones using images stolen from this site (Copyright Infringement).


Ladies 1840s Gowns (Dress or Bodice & Skirt): Formal and Ball

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Ball Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies Skirts, Bodice and Skirt

What's coming in the Future

    In the future we will be adding dresses from patterns for the 1840s. Call, Write or E-Mail with your interests and we will try to accommodate your needs.

    "Currently in development".

    This REPRODUCTION Clothing item is Made in the USA. This a quality reproduction item made as close as is modernly possible. Sewing is done by machine to keep costs down (except where hand sewing is required) and most do not show externally. Some items offer hand sewing on exposed stitching (such as buttonholes) for an additional cost.

    Pictures of the item on this page are pictures of the item we sold. All pictures of items we sell are Copyrighted, either by us or our supplier of the item.

    This is not a costume that is made using modern construction or components that did not exist during the time of its original usage (IE: zippers, etc.). Beware of fakes, especially ones using images stolen from this site (Copyright Infringement).


Ladies 1848 into the 1850s Gathered Fan Front Dress: Evening / Wedding

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1848 Day, Evening or Wedding Fan Front Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies
    This is a custom made dress for a museum. Needs to be made of very light material, and calls for a lot of material, as you can tell. Also a dress designed not for a large woman.

    The bodice/ top is very full with a gathered full curved bottom. Light lace trim around neck. There are 2 rows of satin ribbon on the edge of all the ruffles. Unseen in the picture, the dress seems to have detachable sleeves which are shown in the below pictures to take on and off when desired.

    The skirt is with 4 flounces sewn over a (under) skirt under the ruffles.

    This dress needs to be called on, for material availability. Could look very pretty in a Swiss miss with contrasting ribbon. Could also be made with no ribbon edge or replaced with lace edge. Also could be 3 flounces instead of four.

    NOTE;  This is the corded petticoat era, although some seem to start with the 4 bone hoop, before adding the expensive of a corded petticoat. Need to decide how you want to proceed in this area.

Ladies 1848 into the 1850s Gathered Fan Front Dress: Evening / Wedding

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1848 Day, Evening or Wedding Fan Front Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies 1848 Day, Evening or Wedding Fan Front Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies 1848 Day, Evening or Wedding Fan Front Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies
 We DO NOT make identical dresses. DO NOT ask for a dress "just like" one that we 
have already made. Something must be changed: color, trim, fabric design or dress
pattern. Also many of the fabrics shown are no longer available. That is why we don't
list specific fabric choices.

    This REPRODUCTION Clothing item is Made in the USA. This a quality reproduction item made as close as is modernly possible. Sewing is done by machine to keep costs down (except where hand sewing is required) and most do not show externally. Some items offer hand sewing on exposed stitching (such as buttonholes) for an additional cost.

    Pictures of the item on this page are pictures of the item we sold. All pictures of items we sell are Copyrighted, either by us or our supplier of the item.

    This is not a costume that is made using modern construction or components that did not exist during the time of its original usage (IE: zippers, etc.). Beware of fakes, especially ones using images stolen from this site (Copyright Infringement).

    Custom made item, please allow 4 - 8 weeks for delivery. Custom Clothing and Uniforms are not returnable. Starting price is for cotton material and style shown, other materials, modifications, additional trim or other changes will affect the price. Rush orders MAY be available for an additional price, call us about this. A rush order reduces the manufacturing time but DOES NOT include faster shipping, for faster shipping use the shipping option on the "View Cart" page.

Ladies 1848-1850s Gathered Fan Front Dress: Evening / Wedding

1848-1850s Fan Front Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies Dresses
Priced From:
$460.00
Dress Size: Size Char
Material Descriptions
Basic Color
Embroidery
Top Closure
1848 Sleeves
Ruffles on Sleeve Caps
Skirt Diameter
Dust Strip/Ruffle
Comments (90 characters max)
Height
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Bust
"
Waist
"
Neck to Waist
"
Waist to Floor
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Arm Length
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Wrist
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Neck
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Finished Length
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Delivery Time
Qty
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Ladies 1850s Bodice & Skirt: Formal and Ball

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Ladies 1850s ball gown: bodice and skirt. Victorian dresses
     This is the ball gown for the 1850s (1850-1857).

     Note; If you have a print or drawing you can also scan & e-mail it in for a price quote.

     Measurements; Need the measurement chart.

    Call, Write or E-Mail with your specifications, and for the measurements needed. Prices vary depending upon the amount of work and materials used.


    This REPRODUCTION Clothing item is Made in the USA. This a quality reproduction item made as close as is modernly possible. Sewing is done by machine to keep costs down (except where hand sewing is required) and most do not show externally. Some items offer hand sewing on exposed stitching (such as buttonholes) for an additional cost.

    Pictures of the item on this page are pictures of the item we sold. All pictures of items we sell are Copyrighted, either by us or our supplier of the item.

    This is not a costume that is made using modern construction or components that did not exist during the time of its original usage (IE: zippers, etc.). Beware of fakes, especially ones using images stolen from this site (Copyright Infringement).


    Custom made item, please allow 4 - 8 weeks for delivery. Custom Clothing and Uniforms are not returnable. Starting price is for cotton material and style shown, other materials, modifications, additional trim or other changes will affect the price. Rush orders MAY be available for an additional price, call us about this. A rush order reduces the manufacturing time but DOES NOT include faster shipping, for faster shipping use the shipping option on the "View Cart" page.

Ladies 1858 - 1860s Bodice & Skirt: Formal, Wedding and Ball

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Ladies ball gown (bodice and skirt). Victorian & Civil War dresses
Linda Gown
    At this time we're only offering the 1858s thru 1860s ball bodice / blouse and skirt. All bodices are made with lining and boning. Depending on time period the sleeves and point are adjusted to fit the period. Gathered sleeves, with arm cuffs/band or gathered drawstring band.. Laces up the back with grommets/ button holes are hook and eyes. Pointed front with straight cut back. Scooped neck with off the shoulder design.

     The picture to your left is a 1858 ball bodice and skirt. The top has a full gathered and lace trim collar with hand made flower in center. Puff sleeves with band. With the short point for the 50s style, and buttons in back.

     The bottom skirt is with white lace and ribbon. The top/ over skirt is scooped to meet on each side of waist band with ruffles all around. The material, that doesn't show up is a seersucker with rainbow colors in pin strips. This dress could easy be carried over into Civil War do to lack of material, due to the war. Waist band that buttons in back. (See pictures below).

     Another is the bright pink cotton pin strip with cotton eyelet lace trim across in rows of the front. Contrast pink sleeve caps and arm band, that hook and eyes in back. The skirt is double, with the top being bright pink polish cotton with waist band that buttons in back.

Ball Bodice

     Note: The difference from 1850 thru the 60's is mainly the point. Further forward in time the more narrow, sharp point you had whereas in the 50's was a shorter more blunt point. As you can tell in the drawings in A & C.

     Optional is epaulets, (which are the small piece that is above the gather or pleated part of the sleeve), shown in darker pink picture, sleeve style, point size, material and rather to be a single, or double skirt or with flounces found in our never ending dress. Price will depend on style, material and how much trim/ fancy you will want. CAUTION with flounces or double skirt: this dress SHOULD NOT be made from heavier drapery material, as the weight of the dress would be excessive. It can be made from the lighter drapery/home decor fabrics, although the weight may still exceed the capacity of a normal hoop and require a steel cage hoop.

Ladies 1858 - 1860s Bodice: Formal and Ball

Ladies ball bodice and skirt. Victorian & Civil War dresses
Sample A (left half)
Plain w/Balloon Sleeves
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Sample B (right half)
Bertha w/Double Balloon Sleeves
Ladies ball bodice and skirt. Victorian & Civil War dresses
Sample C (left half)
Lace Trim w/ Straight Sleeves
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Sample D (right half)
Plain w/Drawstring Balloon Sleeve
s
Ladies ball bodice and skirt. Victorian & Civil War dresses
Sample Combo
(Combination of A, B & C)

Linda Gown

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Ladies ball gown (bodice and skirt). Victorian & Civil War dresses
Front
Ladies ball bodice and skirt. Victorian & Civil War dresses
Side
Ladies ball bodice and skirt. Victorian & Civil War dresses
Top Detail / Collar
 We DO NOT make identical dresses. DO NOT ask for a dress "just like" one that we 
have already made. Something must be changed: color, trim, fabric design or dress
pattern. Also many of the fabrics shown are no longer available. That is why we don't
list specific fabric choices.

    This REPRODUCTION Clothing item is Made in the USA. This a quality reproduction item made as close as is modernly possible. Sewing is done by machine to keep costs down (except where hand sewing is required) and most do not show externally. Some items offer hand sewing on exposed stitching (such as buttonholes) for an additional cost.

    Pictures of the item on this page are pictures of the item we sold. All pictures of items we sell are Copyrighted, either by us or our supplier of the item.

    This is not a costume that is made using modern construction or components that did not exist during the time of its original usage (IE: zippers, etc.). Beware of fakes, especially ones using images stolen from this site (Copyright Infringement).

Ball Skirt

     The skirt see optional.

General, on bodice and skirt

   Material;  Can be made of cotton, drapery, taffeta or velvet, or mix. Although for drapery, suggest a good firm hoop. See optional for design in skirt. The one of the picture of the darker pink is approx. 20 years old and is made of cotton. Also the light color and white is of cotton is our newest prototype. Note, cotton is easier to take care.

   Measurements; Need the measurement chart.

   Call, Write or E-Mail with your specifications, and for the measurements needed. Prices vary depending upon the amount of work and materials used. E-mail Frances at azrahist@aol.com for any questions on this or any other dress.

    Custom made item, please allow 4 - 8 weeks for delivery. Custom Clothing and Uniforms are not returnable. Starting price is for cotton material and style shown, other materials, modifications, additional trim or other changes will affect the price. Rush orders MAY be available for an additional price, call us about this. A rush order reduces the manufacturing time but DOES NOT include faster shipping, for faster shipping use the shipping option on the "View Cart" page.

Ladies 1858 - 1860s Bodice & Skirt: Formal, Wedding and Ball

1858 - 1860s Bodice & Skirt: Formal and Ball, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies Dresses
Priced From:
$350.00
Plus Fabric
Size Size Chart
Material Descriptions
Basic Color Theme
Color Tone
 
Bodice Choices
Bodice Bottom:
Bodice Trim:
Sleeves:
Epaulettes
Bertha
Closure
Skirt Choices
Skirt Lining
Tucks
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Ladies 1858s - 1860's Hoop Skirt: Formal and Ball

Item Last Updated: Sunday, 30-Oct-2016 15:27:10 EDT

Ball Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies Skirts, Bodice and Skirt
    The 1850s-1870s ball hoop skirt is the same as the day skirt of the same period, except it is fancier. Typically it is about $50.00 higher in cost than the day skirt because of the extra time and trimmings involved.

    Please Call, Write or E-Mail with your specifications. Prices vary depending upon the amount of work and materials used.


    This REPRODUCTION Clothing item is Made in the USA. This a quality reproduction item made as close as is modernly possible. Sewing is done by machine to keep costs down (except where hand sewing is required) and most do not show externally. Some items offer hand sewing on exposed stitching (such as buttonholes) for an additional cost.

    Pictures of the item on this page are pictures of the item we sold. All pictures of items we sell are Copyrighted, either by us or our supplier of the item.

    This is not a costume that is made using modern construction or components that did not exist during the time of its original usage (IE: zippers, etc.). Beware of fakes, especially ones using images stolen from this site (Copyright Infringement).


    Custom made item, please allow 4 - 8 weeks for delivery. Custom Clothing and Uniforms are not returnable. Starting price is for cotton material and style shown, other materials, modifications, additional trim or other changes will affect the price. Rush orders MAY be available for an additional price, call us about this. A rush order reduces the manufacturing time but DOES NOT include faster shipping, for faster shipping use the shipping option on the "View Cart" page.

Ladies 1870s through 1890s Bustle Dress: Formal and Ball

Item Last Updated: Sunday, 30-Oct-2016 15:27:10 EDT

Princess Eugenia 1878 Ball Gown
Princess Eugenia Ball Gown
Ball Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies Skirts, Bodice and Skirt
Ecru and Ivory Gown
    We can make Formal, Wedding, Reception and Ball bustle dresses for the 1870s, 1880s and 1890s periods. Call, Write or E-Mail with your interests and we will try to accommodate your needs.

    The dress pictured on the left is one that is already made up and ready to ship, it does not count as a "Custom Item". It is a "One of a Kind", as all of our dresses are. Click here for more information on this dress.

    Please Call, Write or E-Mail with your specifications for having a custom dress made. Prices vary depending upon the amount of work and materials used.


    This REPRODUCTION Clothing item is Made in the USA. This a quality reproduction item made as close as is modernly possible. Sewing is done by machine to keep costs down (except where hand sewing is required) and most do not show externally. Some items offer hand sewing on exposed stitching (such as buttonholes) for an additional cost.

    Pictures of the item on this page are pictures of the item we sold. All pictures of items we sell are Copyrighted, either by us or our supplier of the item.

    This is not a costume that is made using modern construction or components that did not exist during the time of its original usage (IE: zippers, etc.). Beware of fakes, especially ones using images stolen from this site (Copyright Infringement).


    Custom made item, please allow 4 - 8 weeks for delivery. Custom Clothing and Uniforms are not returnable. Starting price is for cotton material and style shown, other materials, modifications, additional trim or other changes will affect the price. Rush orders MAY be available for an additional price, call us about this. A rush order reduces the manufacturing time but DOES NOT include faster shipping, for faster shipping use the shipping option on the "View Cart" page.

Ladies 1870s & 1880s Bustle Dress: Day, Tea or Evening

Item Last Updated: Sunday, 30-Oct-2016 15:27:10 EDT

Day / Evening Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies Skirts, Blouses and Dresses
    This bustle dress can be worn from 1870s thru the 1880s.

    Although this dress, is a two piece, it's designed to be worn with the large bustle, or padded bird cage style, which we also make. See bustle or call on this item.

     The picture on the left shows it to be a bodice, separate from the skirt. It's pointed in front with a little ruffle look in back. Buttons down front. Long full 3/4 length sleeves that tie above elbow, yet can be made straight and wrist length if you like. There's lace/ ruffle around collar. Bodice has that sort of a jacket look, that they wore then. At waist there's a tie, that goes around and ties in back.

     The top shorter skirt will have material or lace ruffle on the end, along with the lower skirt. Suggest walking length.

     This dress can be made to fit a variety of images, from the everyday woman up through a wealthy upper class woman, depending on material and trim. Prices vary according to the materials chosen and the amount of work that goes into making each dress.

     We do have the have the slip with the train that goes with this dress, although we haven't had the time to add it, along with the large padded bustle, which is cotton shell with poly fill, instead of horse hair. Just inquire at azrahist@aol.com

    Materials: can range from cotton, drapery, and taffeta. See general information above. Call or e-mail Frances to discuss your needs and desires.

    Trim and Style (Use): The amount of trim varies with the intended use and social status of the owner. It can vary from no trim for a simple work/day dress to very fancy for a fancy tea or evening dress. The shopping cart offers five (6) levels for this dress: Plain Day Dress, Day Dress (simple trim), Day/Tea Dress (moderate trim), Tea Dress (fancy), Evening Dress (fancy or very fancy). We will add more pictures to show samples of the different levels as we can. For other variations or amounts of trim, please call or email us and talk about your needs/desires.

    Period: This dress can be made for the 1870s or 1880s period.

    Train: The train can be made as a Straight (Walking) Train, a Short Train or a Long Train.

Measurements needed:
  1. Height:  With shoes you will be using (Item 1 from measurement chart).
  2. Bust/Chest: Around the chest (Item 4 from measurement chart).
  3. Waist: Around the natural waist (Item 14 from measurement chart).
  4. Stop Sign: From center of base of neck to the middle of wrist. With the arm straight out and elbow bent with the forearm vertical, like stopping traffic. (Item 10B from measurement chart).
  5. Center Back Length: From base of the neck to the waist. (Item 13B from measurement chart).
  6. Waist to Floor: From the spot where your waist band goes, over the hips, then straight down to the floor. (Item 17 from measurement chart).

    Or even better fill out Measurement Chart.

Ladies 1870s & 1880s Day, Tea or Evening Bustle Dress

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Ladies 1870s Day or Evening Bustle Dress
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Ladies 1870s Day or Evening Bustle Dress
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Ladies 1870s Day or Evening Bustle Dress
Sample A
Ladies 1870s Day or Evening Bustle Dress
Sample B
Ladies 1870s Day or Evening Bustle Dress
Sample C
Ladies 1870s Day or Evening Bustle Dress
Sample C
We DO NOT make identical dresses. DO NOT ask for a dress "just like" one that we have already made.
Something must be changed: color, trim, fabric design or dress pattern. Also many of the fabrics shown are no longer available.
That is why we don't list specific fabric choices.
Ladies 1870s Day or Evening Bustle Dress of Silk Upholstery material, front view
Sample D
front view
Ladies 1870s Day or Evening Bustle Dress of Silk Upholstery material, side view
Sample D
side view
Ladies 1870s Day or Evening Bustle Dress of Silk Upholstery material, back view
Sample D
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Ladies 1870s Day or Evening Bustle Dress of Silk Upholstery material, Bertha
Sample D
Bertha
Sample D (left)
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Silk
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$1,025.00
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Ladies 1870s Day or Evening Bustle Dress, front view
Sample E
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Ladies 1870s Day or Evening Bustle Dress, front view
Sample E
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Ladies 1870s Day or Evening Bustle Dress, front view
Sample E
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Ladies 1870s Day or Evening Bustle Dress
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Ladies 1870s Day or Evening Bustle Dress
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    This REPRODUCTION Clothing item is Made in the USA. This a quality reproduction item made as close as is modernly possible. Sewing is done by machine to keep costs down (except where hand sewing is required) and most do not show externally. Some items offer hand sewing on exposed stitching (such as buttonholes) for an additional cost.

    Pictures of the item on this page are pictures of the item we sold. All pictures of items we sell are Copyrighted, either by us or our supplier of the item.

    This is not a costume that is made using modern construction or components that did not exist during the time of its original usage (IE: zippers, etc.). Beware of fakes, especially ones using images stolen from this site (Copyright Infringement).

    Custom made item, please allow 4 - 8 weeks for delivery. Custom Clothing and Uniforms are not returnable. Starting price is for cotton material and style shown, other materials, modifications, additional trim or other changes will affect the price. Rush orders MAY be available for an additional price, call us about this. A rush order reduces the manufacturing time but DOES NOT include faster shipping, for faster shipping use the shipping option on the "View Cart" page.

Ladies 1870s & 1880s Day, Tea or Evening Bustle Dress


Day / Evening Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies Skirts, Blouses and Dresses

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Ladies 1880s Polonaise & Walking Skirt: Day, Tea or Evening Dress

Item Last Updated: Sunday, 30-Oct-2016 15:27:10 EDT

1880s Day / Evening Polonaise and Walking Skirt, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies Skirts, Blouses and Dresses
    This is a very beautiful dress that can be worn by most.

    The top is a long bodice as you can tell. It can be lined or unlined depending upon material used. There is a tucked point on each side and a the long hanging section in back gathers due to the tucks on the side. The sleeves are 3/4 long sleeves with ruffles. The bodice / top around the neck can be filled with material for a high neck or cut out for an evening look or a blouse/dickie (under blouse/dickie sold separately) could be used to change it back and forth (open and covered). Buttons up the front. Ruffles, fringe or lace outline the bodice edge. The under skirt is rows (10 to 11) of ruffles, as shown. It is not boned.

    Suggestions: A quarter moon bustle is normally not required nor suggested. A very stiff slip to make the skirt stand out and/or a 2 bone hoop. Suggest in material, (bodice or skirt) one being print and the other one being solid.

    Material (cotton: print and solid okay), color, neck cut. The addition for a gathered under slip, or hoop.

    Price for this dress starts at $459.25 for brocade special occasion or light weight drapery material. It can also be made from silk or other more expensive custom fabrics for addition cost. The dress, shown at the above, is the prototype with heavy brocade drapery material, unlined, square neckline bodice (under blouse sold separately), with front button closure. The skirt is of a cotton lining with a woven fabric for the ruffles, hook closure and placket is in center back. Embellishments are of skirt ruffles, black fringe, black buttons, black ribbon bows, and an under-sleeve ruffle made of black lace and fabric. With the heavy drapery it sells for about $940.00 and weighs about 10 pounds.

    Note: The Polonaise is a coat-like dress, originally worn by Polish women and was extremely popular in the 1770s and 1780s in Western Europe and North America. It consisted of a fitted bodice with a full skirt, draped in front from the waist and caught up on either side at the back, so that it fell in three large loops. This fashion was derived from the Polish Milk-maids, who would tuck their skirts into the waistband or tie up their skirt tails, in order to keep the hems out of the mud and mire. This Polonaise style dress came back in fashion during the Victorian Era, giving it a more formal look, adding embellishments to the tunic bodice and walking skirt. Fabrics used were light weight linen, cottons, muslin, broadcloth or batiste.

Ladies 1880s Polonaise & Walking Skirt: Day, Tea or Evening Dress

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1880s Day / Evening Polonaise and Walking Skirt, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies dresses
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1880s Day / Evening Polonaise and Walking Skirt, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies dresses
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 We DO NOT make identical dresses. DO NOT ask for a dress "just like" one that we 
have already made. Something must be changed: color, trim, fabric design or dress
pattern. Also many of the fabrics shown are no longer available. That is why we don't
list specific fabric choices.

    This REPRODUCTION Clothing item is Made in the USA. This a quality reproduction item made as close as is modernly possible. Sewing is done by machine to keep costs down (except where hand sewing is required) and most do not show externally. Some items offer hand sewing on exposed stitching (such as buttonholes) for an additional cost.

    Pictures of the item on this page are pictures of the item we sold. All pictures of items we sell are Copyrighted, either by us or our supplier of the item.

    This is not a costume that is made using modern construction or components that did not exist during the time of its original usage (IE: zippers, etc.). Beware of fakes, especially ones using images stolen from this site (Copyright Infringement).

    Custom made item, please allow 4 - 8 weeks for delivery. Custom Clothing and Uniforms are not returnable. Starting price is for cotton material and style shown, other materials, modifications, additional trim or other changes will affect the price. Rush orders MAY be available for an additional price, call us about this. A rush order reduces the manufacturing time but DOES NOT include faster shipping, for faster shipping use the shipping option on the "View Cart" page.

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1880s Polonaise and Walking Skirt by Past Patterns. #904, 19th Century

1880s Polonaise and Walking Skirt
by Past Patterns #904

   1880s Polonaise and Walking Skirt. This delicate, doll-like ensemble is made of fine white batiste, Valenciennes lace and silk ribbon. An open square neck is an option worn in the afternoon or evening. The skirt is a gored underskirt of unbleached muslin with a white batiste ruffle overlay. The bustle is created at the hips by the drapery.

   This pattern is multi-sized 10 through 20. All the sizes are in one package. Look at our National Standard size chart for your size. All sizes require 4 1/4 Yds. of 45 inch wide fabric for the tunic and skirt ruffles.

    If this dress is made of a printed cotton consider using reproduction calico buttons.

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Ladies 1896 Jane Addams Bustle Dress: Day, Tea or Evening

Item Last Updated: Sunday, 30-Oct-2016 15:27:10 EDT

1896 Jane Addams Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies Skirts, Blouses and Dresses
   Not everything we have available is on our web site. We can make dresses from other patterns and also from photographs. We made this dress for a customer, based on this photograph. More information coming soon.

    "Call for information".

Ladies 1896 Jane Addams Day or Evening Bustle Dress

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1896 jane Addams dress. Victorian & Civil War dresses
Jane Addams
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1896 jane Addams dress - write up. Victorian & Civil War dresses
Jane Addams
Write Up
1896 jane Addams dress. Victorian & Civil War dresses
Jane Addams
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1896 jane Addams dress. Victorian & Civil War dresses
Jane Addams
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1896 jane Addams dress. Victorian & Civil War dresses
Jane Addams
Blouse
 We DO NOT make identical dresses. DO NOT ask for a dress "just like" one that we 
have already made. Something must be changed: color, trim, fabric design or dress
pattern. Also many of the fabrics shown are no longer available. That is why we don't
list specific fabric choices.

    This REPRODUCTION Clothing item is Made in the USA. This a quality reproduction item made as close as is modernly possible. Sewing is done by machine to keep costs down (except where hand sewing is required) and most do not show externally. Some items offer hand sewing on exposed stitching (such as buttonholes) for an additional cost.

    Pictures of the item on this page are pictures of the item we sold. All pictures of items we sell are Copyrighted, either by us or our supplier of the item.

    This is not a costume that is made using modern construction or components that did not exist during the time of its original usage (IE: zippers, etc.). Beware of fakes, especially ones using images stolen from this site (Copyright Infringement).


    Custom made item, please allow 4 - 8 weeks for delivery. Custom Clothing and Uniforms are not returnable. Starting price is for cotton material and style shown, other materials, modifications, additional trim or other changes will affect the price. Rush orders MAY be available for an additional price, call us about this. A rush order reduces the manufacturing time but DOES NOT include faster shipping, for faster shipping use the shipping option on the "View Cart" page.

Ladies 1???s Dress / Bodice & Skirt: Formal and Ball

Item Last Updated: Sunday, 30-Oct-2016 15:27:10 EDT

1???s Camp / Work Dress, 19th Century (1800s) Ladies Skirts, Blouses and Dresses

What's coming in the Future

    Not everything we have available is on our web site. We are adding items as time allows.

    In the future we will be adding more outfits. Some will be for periods that already have dresses up on the web site and others will be for periods not currently on the our site. For example 1835, 1840, 1857, 1876, 1884 and 1893 periods.

    We currently have done dresses not shown on our web site, some of these have been done from original pictures and/or drawings. We also have patterns for many more dresses and periods than we show.

    Call, Write or E-Mail with your interests and we will try to accommodate your needs.

    This REPRODUCTION Clothing item is Made in the USA. This a quality reproduction item made as close as is modernly possible. Sewing is done by machine to keep costs down (except where hand sewing is required) and most do not show externally. Some items offer hand sewing on exposed stitching (such as buttonholes) for an additional cost.

    Pictures of the item on this page are pictures of the item we sold. All pictures of items we sell are Copyrighted, either by us or our supplier of the item.

    This is not a costume that is made using modern construction or components that did not exist during the time of its original usage (IE: zippers, etc.). Beware of fakes, especially ones using images stolen from this site (Copyright Infringement).


   Our reproduction items are more than just looks-like, they are authentic replicas made as closely as possible to the original item. They are carefully manufactured using materials that match as closely as possible to the original items. We use patterns made from original items; patterns that are modified to be historical not only in look, but construction; or patterns that we have made from drawings, pictures or paintings. Many of our items have been purchased by museums (well known and not so well known) for display and/or for use by docents and historical interpreters.

    Clothing and Uniforms Most of our men's replica clothing and uniforms are made for us by the Quartermaster Shop, although some items are manufactured by us or elsewhere. The ladies and childrens attire is mostly made by us. Almost any style of clothing that was worn in the United States during the 19th Century (1800s) (starting from the 1820's on, including Victorian, Edwardian, American Civil War, Indian Wars. Old West and Spanish American War (Span-Am)) is available.

    Other Items (accessories, accouterments, camp equipment, leathergoods, tents, tinware, etc.) are mostly purchased from other makers, although some are made by us. In many cases we have mutiple suppliers of items, to assure the we can always have them available.

    We currently offer Clothing and Military Uniforms from the 1830s through 1900; which includes the Federal Era, Jacksonian Era, Dickens, the (Victorian Era (Mexican War, Antebellum, American Civil War (Confederate / CS / CSA & Union / US / USA), Indian Wars, Old West and Spanish American War (Span-Am War)).


Wanted: Seamstresses

    We are looking for additional seamstresses to make ladies and childrens clothing items for us as well as additional suppliers of ladies and childrens clothing items.

    If you are a maker of quality reproduction ladies and childrens clothing, or know of someone who is, and are interest in another outlet for your products,
click here for additional information.


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