Lady's Ball Dress, January 1857


Lady's Ball Dress, January 1857

"The material for this dress is lace, tarlatan or muslin, over a coloured silk; with fringe and narrow ribbon of the colour of the lining."

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"The skirt is double, each part being trimmed with the fringe. The body has a square berthe, above which a full chemisette of lace or clear muslin is seen. The berthe itself is trimmed at the top and bottom with a row of the ribbon and finished with fringe, while bows of ribbon are placed on the shoulders and at intervals around it. The body is pointed equally before and behind and the sleeves are extremely short and trimmed like the berthe."

"Very brilliant colours, such as cerise, rose and amber, are very much worn for ball dresses."

January 1857.

For period hints on how to enlarge these patterns, see Enlarging Our Patterns, 1877.

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