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1840's - 1860's Pleated Wrapper

  • LAU120
  • LAU120 - View A
  • LAU120 - View B
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Product Description

Sizes 6 to 26 are included in the package.  This 1840s—1860 Ladies’ Pleated Wrapper, Morning Dress, Work Dress or Maternity Dress can be made with pleated bishop or pagoda sleeve, with or without  standing collar and has a dropped shoulder typical of the time  period. It falls freely from the bottoms of the yokes, with no fitted  lining underneath. The dress is shown pleated to the yokes but can be  gathered instead. View A is a bishop sleeved wrapper with a standing  collar. View B has a small pagoda sleeves with a piped jewel neckline.  Both views can have the pleats stitched down at the waist or left loose, and the waist can be confined with a belt. Both have piping at the  armholes, across the bottom of the yokes, and View B has a piped  neckline. The front opening can be left open from top to bottom using  closures of buttons or hooks and eyes, or stitched closed from below the waist to the hem, using closures from the neck to the top of the  stitching. An optional pocket is included.

Fabric: Cotton calico,  cotton chintz, cotton broadcloth, wool broadcloth, wool challis, wool  crepe, silk taffeta. Lining: Self or any kind of cotton—most wrappers  seem to have been lined with scrap fabrics. Belt Interfacing: Any stiff  fabric Notions: Both views - 8, 1/2” buttons or 14 hooks and eyes, many  more will be required if the dress buttons all the way to the hem. Fine  cotton cooking twine or cotton knitting yarn for the piping.

This dress was copied from a existing wrapper example dated 1840 in the  collection of the author. This style would have been worn from the 1840s to the late 1860s. This type of dress was called different names  according it’s purpose. It is a morning dress, or wrapper, meant for  informal wear.at home. If it is made with finer more expensive materials it is a gown suitable for a wider range of occasions, including  receiving visitors in the home. If it is finished plain, it can also be called a work dress. Worn loose it can be worn for maternity. This  dress is perfect for impressions of rural or life on the frontier. It  will fit a wide range of figures making it a good choice for “costume  closets” that have clothing to lend to new or temporary volunteers for  reenactments. Check the skirt circumference to see if it will fit over  your hoop without adding to the skirt width.

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  1. Great Victorian Wrapper Dress Pattern 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Nov 2017

    I got the simple pleated wrapper dress pattern to make for my new Dickens Fair dress and am very happy with it. It was easy and fairly fast to make and looks great, I might make a new one next year too just because the pattern is so easy.