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1860's Cotton Striped Dress
Waistband detail: 1860's Cotton Striped Dress. blue striped muslin Plleated bodice, ruched sleeves, piped at the neckline, the armscyes, and the waistband, and with a blind back hook and eye closure. The bodice is lined in muslin. The unlined skirt is finely cartridge pleated, with a single slit pocket and a deep faced hem.
Life on a farm had its influence on ladies clothing, and the hemlines were raised a bit to save them from dirt and wear. Often, the lifestyle demanded work that made a corset impractical, and these were often not worn, except for more formal occasions. For this same reason, bodices and sleeves were fitted less closely than on their city cousins. An apron was often worn to protect the dress underneath, as it was much easier to launder the apron than to repeatedly wash a dress.