1838 Afternoon Dress

By Jennie Chancey


Another beauty from Karen Augusta’s shop, this 1838 afternoon dress is made of green-gold figured silk with a linen bodice lining. It fastens with brass hooks and eyes. “This unaltered dress shows the transition between the styles of the 1830s and the later 1840s. The bodice has not yet acquired the pointed front as is found in most stylish 1840s dresses, and the sleeve still has some volume to it, though not nearly the amount found in earlier dresses (until c. 1836). This imported figured silk was expensive goods in the 1830s and today it still retains its luxurious hand.” Yummy!!

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