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Black Civil War Era Day Dress, Day Wrapper, Mourning, camp/work dress, Nurse

Black Civil War Era Day Dress, Day Wrapper, Mourning, camp/work dress, Nurse

Regular price $150.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $150.00 USD
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BLACK, BLACK, BLACK!!! This is a great dress for a lower/ mid-class mourning impression. Someone who would not have been able to afford an elaborate mourning wardrobe. The style also allows you to use this same dress for a nurse or servant impression which helps extend the versatility of the garment.

Our dress is made of 100% period correct black cotton fabric. This dress features a round neckline perfect for the addition of a collar. The shirt style sleeves have simple button cuffs which accommodate both shorter and longer arms. The skirt is 40 inches from the waist to the hem with a 3-inch hem and 138 inches at the circumference. The dress is fitted using an attached sash style belt.

Sizing: I am offering this dress in 5 sizes:
Petite: fits up to 34 inch bust
Small: fits up to 38 inch bust
Medium: fits up to 44 inch bust
Large: fits up to 48 inch bust
X-Large: fits up to 54 inch bust
2X and 3 X are available as a CUSTOM request.

Looking for a practical new dress for basic, camp or work wear. Our Day wrapper may just be what you are looking for. NO-it is not a wrapper in the sense of a morning robe, but a dress that can be worn either as a basic work dress or when accessorized with a pretty collar and fancy belt can be “dressed up” for the look of a day or better dress. By definition a wrapper was a garment which flows from the shoulders. Our dress features a fully lined bodice with a fitted back and a skirt that has adequate circumference to be worn with or without a hoop skirt. Fabric is pleated at the shoulders giving the garment a wonderful fullness in the bust and waist making it truly adjustable. This fullness is arranged in the front and held in place with a belt, giving the dress a slightly fan-front or gathered bodice look depending on how the fullness is arranged. This loose fitting makes the garment adjustable for maternity wear as well. This style was worn from the 1840’s thru the 1870’s. This outfit would be appropriate for Civil War reenactments as well as other mid 1800’s events such as Dickens or Christmas Fairs, fur trade rendezvous or wagon train (Prairie) events. It would also be a good outfit for historical sites.

This dress is shown with a hoop skirt, an apron and a pretty collar and broach. These items are NOT included but are offered in other listings.  

This style is very user friendly. It fits comfortably and with the button-front bodice is easy to put on and take off. It does not require understructures such as a corset or working stays to achieve its period look. The only undergarment recommended is a petticoat (we suggest a corded petticoat for ease of movement).

A garment you will always have a use for. The styling allows the dress to adjust to your chosen persona. This garment will serve you well—money well spent. All in all a great addition to your reenacting wardrobe.

Not your size or preferred color. I can do this style as a custom order. Just contact me for more information.  

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