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We accept pictures and sketches of ideas. You can mix and match several ideas for your gown.

We offer an optional muslin replica of the bodice or the entire gown for you to try on and adjust fit for a reasonable fee. But this is not required, we make gowns to allow for easy adjustments to fit, so you can wear your gown longer as size changes.

During this time period it was common to have 2 blouses to go with the same skirt. Ladies would frequently have a day bodice and an evening or ball bodice to go with their skirt. We can make these for you also!

Offering detachable sleeves, multiple skirts and additions to allow your gown to work for daytime, tea time, dinner or ball gown, all in one sets. A garment that is fully lined and includes boning is best, but we understand the importance of staying within a budget. So these are optional.  

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Reproduction Civil War Styled From Godey's 1857 Fashion Plate

Inspired by Charleston, SC
I selected a custom made silk using green and blue to make this beautiful shade. This gown uses over 12 yards of silk fabric. Layers are scalloped with royal purple box pleated ruffle The sleeves are 3/4 and a portrait neckline. Inspired by a lovely trip to Charleston! I included designer quality Turitella Agate which is a variety of chalcedony, a microcrystalline quartz. This distinctive stone contains actual fossilized (agatized) sea life; the visible spiral shells of the Elimia tenera make up the stone's swirling brown and white patterns. Turritella agate is an eye-catching yet refined neutral that combines natural beauty with a fascinating composition offering a glimpse back millions of years. These originate from fossil deposits in North America.

This gown is available in readymade silk of many types and colors and will also be beautiful beaded with freshwater pearls or Swarovski Austrian crystals. It is also lovely without the beading. Lace and guimp can also be used on this gown. I will also make this gown from polyester satin for a less expensive, but beautiful option.
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Reproduction Civil War Cage Crinoline Hoop Skirt Gown 1855 1856 1857 1858 1859 1860 1861 1862
The round cage support is called a cage crinoline due to the appearance by the hoop wires and support. Although called a crinoline, does not include any current day crinoline.

The cage is 126" in circumference at the bottom and 36" in length. It has 10 hoop wires made from 1/2 inch plastic coated spring steel. The cage ties at the waist (no buckle). The bag as it is called at the bottom of the hoop prevents you from stepping through the hoops when walking.

All solid colors available. Multi colored casings and suspenders available, for an additional fee.

Union Bound, The Movie 2016
Made from reproduction print fabric, which I found the sample in a fabric book in England dated 1861. It has a stand up collar with a collar liner and handmade piping. Full off the shoulder sleeves gathered into a small band at the wrist, with handmade piping and cuff liner. It has the 'V' bodice that was popular among all age women, especially between the ages of 26-65 years. It has a false belt and shell buttons. The skirt has triple inverted box pleats, but not on the sides of the skirt. It also had a pinner apron with fibulas (safety pins). The collar and wrist liner are not for decoration in the day. They were added to clothes to protect the dress from dirt and wear.
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Union Bound, The Movie 2016
Charles Worth who use to design for Empress Eugenie. Sometimes if you are watching movies about the 1860s-1880s you will hear them include references to a Worth gown. Changes were made to the original design to fit the setting and time period.

Ruching trim with ribbon center, double outward facing lace, 'modified' pagoda sleeves with undersleeves and velvet ribbon to gather, jewel neckline with cream lace collar, 'V' bodice with a separate bertha. The skirt is attached to a waistband that overlaps in the back. The skirt is attached using directional pleating.

Union Bound, The Movie 2016
This gown has the fitted 'V' bodice, natural waistline, portrait neckline and short full sleeves. I used the directional knife pleating on this skirt. The overskirt is gathered on the front with decorative silk vine and roses.
Click to view on the set of Union Bound
Union Bound, The Movie 2016
Here's what a nurse would wear during the War of Northern Aggression (Civil War). They were not allowed to wear hoop skirts due to the hoop getting stuck on someone sutures and ripping them out causing the poor soldier to bleed to death. The dress has the 'O' bodice, it is gathered in the front and back (not the sides), the 2 piece 'coat' sleeve inset into a dropped shoulder bodice with small stand up collar and white collar liner. The skirt is attached to the waistband with small hand gathers. Details of gimp braid that was common during this time. The nurse's hat with adjustable back that ties, cord outline is hand stitched and thick over sleeves that are detailed with white handmade piping. The pinner apron is hand stitched to the waistband, and handmade fibulas. Oversleeves were also provided with this set.
Union Bound, The Movie 2016
Embroidered white eyelet on cream silk chiffon to go with the custom dyed machine silk Dupioni and peach/rose woven dupioni silk bows. Hand dyed cream rose Venise Lace trim. This gown has a fitted 'V' bodice. It has a portrait neckline and short full sleeves that gather at the arm. The skirt has directional knife pleating. The bertha collar lays on top and ties in the back.
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Custom dyed handwoven silk Dupioni and silk organza for this beautiful gown. Features Venise lace trim, bertha with Swarovski Crystals and freshwater peach pearls. Off the shoulder neckline and modesty silk organza ruffle. Full undersleeves made from silk organza and a double sleeve in silk for this gown has the removable undersleeve and pagoda sleeve to make this also a short sleeve bodice. The skirt has an organza and silk Dupioni layer box pleated and open in the front. This gown also has a separate underskirt with the front portion of custom embroidered, beaded handwoven Dupioni silk. A perfect antique Cameo is centered on the front bow on the bertha. Medium size Swarovski crystals were etched with names of family members to be given as a gift ready for a necklace following the wedding. These were placed on each of the bows that held the top layers of the skirt apart on the overskirt. There is a simplified version of this gown available, please inquire.
This is a reproduction of the "Return to Tara" Scarlet O'Hara green striped gown. Features striped ribbon overskirt. Matching detailing on the adjustable underskirt in diamond shaped design. The cuffs feature a smaller version of the diamond shaped detail. The overdress is parted just below the waist and has an empire seam attached to a bodice with full sleeves. The overdress is shown with a sweep train. The green covered button change to white covered button below with empire waist to stop just below the waist. Ruffle neckline in white. Features a bolero style jacket outlined with lace, ties at the neck with a bow and features ribbon drops at the sleeve. Also includes a sun hat.
1857 Seaside Gown
This beautiful seaside gown was designed by combining 2 gowns that dated 1857. It features a sleeveless under dress and a keyhole. The jacket features 3/4 sleeves and beautiful detailing with optional guimp trim and tassels. The detailing is shown using a plush velvet, but an alternate color of the same fabric is also a pretty option. It also has a chemisette and false under sleeves that are adjustable at the wrist and elastic at the top. This gown is also a perfect maternity style gown and I include suggestions to take it in later. Click to view customer's photo
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1860s Christmas Gown
This beautiful Christmas gown can also be made in other colors to make it a spring time gown also. It has 3/4 sleeves and button front blouse. The skirt is adjustable with drawstring and features angled design of alternate fabric or velvet ribbon with guimp and fringe trim. Decorative covered buttons and adorable bow.
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1860 Visiting Gown
This visiting gown is a modified 3/4 pagoda sleeve with V neckline blouse that tucks into the waist band of the skirt. It is outlined with velvet ribbon. The skirt is adjustable with drawstring. The panels on the skirt shown in black are decorated with velvet ribbon and separate from the skirt. They attach with a waistband. A decorative sash is included. Mix and match this style for multiple looks in one. Also shown with a chemisette and false undersleeves. Blouse has hook and eye closure.
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