Dress, Germany, ca. 1866. Silk taffeta. Three pieces—skirt, day bodice, and evening bodice. Photo: Marion Mennicken/Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln. Museum of Applied Art, Cologne, via Kulturelles Erbe Koeln
The Civil War (1861 – 1865)In general, the correct “profile” for the period featured a very full floor-length skirt (it would be shorter for very young ladies), and a closely-fitted bodice. The sleeves were often very full, and might have a bell shape or be very full at the sleeve head. The shoulder seam was typically dropped slightly down from the shoulder, and the waist was often just a bit above what we would consider a natural waistline.
Dress | Museum of London Dress The dress is made of yellow silk taffeta, which is brocaded. This means that the flower design is not embroidered, but woven into the fabric. The skirt of this gown is attached to the bodice at the back and side, the front part of the skirt is held up by strings tied around the waist. 1743-1750