Fashion Plate Fridays: Spring Pardessus

Holy sleeves, Batman! I’m having a sewing marathon this weekend to finish my black wool civil war dress in time for a dance next Saturday. And in honor of that, I thought I’d put up an 1860s plate. This is what I found. I wonder what she’s trying to hide in those ginormous sleeves?

From Harpers (there are two plates accompanying this description, but I only posted one of them here):

We illustrate two styles of Spring Pardessus, which are among the most pleasing of the season. They are made of silk of two colors, and ornamented with passamenterie and lace.

1861 Spring Pardessus, No. 2
Harper’s Monthly Magazine


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