The Civil War was one of the most tumultuous points in American history. Scholars continue to study it and its effect on our nation's current political climate. It is also the setting for many of the most popular novels and movies, such as famous favorites like Gone with the Wind. We know from these movies the ways in which Civil War dresses were structured. After all, the big hoop skirts and high necks were a signature of the southern belle style. Civil War dresses are important because they were the last era of the hoop skirt. After the Civil War, styles began changing. The bustle became more popular as the hoop skirt faded away.
Civil War dresses required many different pieces and parts in order to create one fully functional outfit. Corsets, crinolines, petticoats, camisoles, and hoops were all a part of everyday wear for women of the Victorian era. Styles were modest and simple, especially during the war. In fact, many of the real-life Civil War dresses would have been black because most of the women were in mourning for some man in their family who had fought. The Victorian codes for mourning were very strict, and it was disrespectful to wear certain colors before a designated time.
Let Recollections create your next Civil War dress for whatever reenactments or parties you have coming up. Our dresses are all handmade right here in the United States, and you can call us with any questions you may have about sizing or patterns. Your dress is in the best hands with Recollections. Get started building your Civil War dress collection today!
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Most people find that our sizing runs generously. If you are undecided with which size to order, it is best to order the smaller size, or give us a call to assist you (1-800-452-5925). You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your measurements (bust and waist) and we can help you choose the nearest size.
An exception to the generous sizing is the type of ball gown that requires boning in the bodice and that supports a heavy skirt. Many times this style is also "off-the-shoulder" and requires a firm fit to stay up. These styles tend to not run as generously as most of our other garments because of this. But please, give us a call if you are uncertain.
In most cases you should take your bust and waist measurement to determine your size. Please wear the undergarments that you intend to wear when you do your measuring. For example, take your measurement over the type of brassiere or corset that you may be wearing.
Measure the fullest part of your bust around and the smallest part of your waist.