1867 Walking Suit

This is a little outside of my area of interest (I like 1760 and 1870 fashions more) but it's hard to find BIG online photos of historic clothing. This one is in Albany so I assume it's American-made, and something about the gathers makes me think it might have been made on a sewing machine, though I have no way of knowing without seeing the garment up close. Anyway, it's here and zoomable!


  1. If it's House of Worth, it's Parisian made, and given the haute couture methods worth used, probably not much sewing machine was used? Usually they only do straight stitching by machine and the fancy work is by hand, so the ruffles could be partially machine but 'sculpted onto the dress' by hand. The Civil War may have interrupted trade, but then it came back with a vengeance and women had things sent over from France once more.

    Those two tone ruffles give me ideas, they do.

    1. It's one of those things where you have to see it up close (and read the catalog, probably) to figure out exactly what is going on under those ruffles. I like that color combo a lot in any case!


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