The back of this photo reads “Mary Sherwood Mapes.” Mary is wearing a very plain and serviceable day gown, and it looks like she is wearing a flat lace cap that hangs down each side.
April 2009 archive
This woman is holding a straw bonnet and wearing a saque jacket, which was often used to disguise pregnancy. It is difficult to tell whether or not this young lady is expecting–but that was the idea!
Another portrait in an ornate chair. Note the tucked diamond-shaped center panel on this lady’s bodice. Unusual and pretty. Her sleeves have been trimmed with a flat ribbon or braid in a criss-cross pattern.
The dropped sleeve seam of the time period is easy to see in this photograph of a woman in a plaid dress. It looks like there is a small tuck over the sleeve seam as well. This gown features cloak sleeves trimmed with lace at the cuff. It looks like the lady is wearing a [...]
Isn’t this clear-eyed young lady just beautiful? She is wearing an elaborately trimmed dress, and it is too bad the balustrade hides most of it! Note the wide, scalloped bateau neckline.
Here is an attractive young woman wearing a lovely printed cotton dress with a beautiful jacket over the bodice. Note the trimming of the jacket and the brooch at the collar of the dress. The lady also has a barrette or comb of some kind over her left ear, keeping her hair smooth and sleek.
This lady is wearing a bodice with a squared yoke created by trimming. She has cloak sleeves. Note her ringlets hanging down behind her ears, indicating that she is likely a young lady.
These two ladies are wearing dresses made of a similar floral print fabric. Both dresses are very simply designed and have real or decorative buttons down the front. The lady on the left has fancier sleeves with small double puffs at the top. She also appears to be wearing a chatelaine or something else with [...]
The knife-pleated trimming on this gown is just amazing. All those crisp pleats around the hem and sleeves! This lady is also wearing a type of jabot or dickey at her neck, rather than a collar.
This lady is wearing a dark gown with pagoda sleeves, a pretty woven trimming and three tucks in the skirt. Also note her snood with the ribbons hanging behind her left ear.