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Printed Challis Day Dress

Printed Challis Day Dress
C. 1848-1850. I always get really excited when I come across a dress from this era. 1840's and early 1850's dresses are extremely difficult to find as they were suited to being renovated to later 1850's and 1860's fashions. It's a real dry spot for collectors. Printed dresses were very popular during this era and this one has a simple but lovely floral pattern.
The gown is a one piece dress with the skirt being tightly gauged onto the pointed waist of the bodice. The bodice is styled with a gathered fan front which is typical of the era. The sleeves are cut in a modified pagoda style with blue bands of trim on the cuffs. The neckline is high and the shoulder seams are dropped and piped, the waist being piped as well. The skirt is very full and would have been worn over a horsehair petticoat of several layers of stiffened linen petticoats. The skirt and bodice is lined in cotton drill and the bodice has one whalebone remaining.
Measurements: Bust 36 1/2", shoulders 16 1/2", Waist approx. 28", length approx. 55".
(Formerly from the collection of Leila Hidic)