I have been neglecting the blog for the past few weeks- it’s been a busy time at work, and at the end of the day, I just haven’t had the energy. I did get about 7 or 8 more garments photographed over the weekend though, and am trying to get back into the swing of things.

Today’s garment is the skirt of a summer sheer dress, about mid-1860s. For all the bodices I have without their skirts, I only have two skirts without their bodices. I wish this one’s bodice was present though!



The trim reminds me of one of the dresses that that rather famous Sanitary Commission Doll with wardrobe has, so I choose to imagine the bodice looked like the doll’s dress as well!


The fabric is a very sheer and lightweight white cotton, and the trim, which is in bad need of ironing, is self-fabric and yellow silk ribbon.

The seams are machine sewn, and the edges are left raw. The waist is 23″.


The skirt is made of 7 gored panels, and the fullness is controlled with gathers at the waist. The skirt closes at center back, and there is a self-fabric waist band.


The self-fabric on the trim is turned under and stitched by machine, with the ribbon sewn atop. Here, you see the trim a bit more fluffed out as it would have appeared originally.