Late 1850’s Bodice with Peplum and Taffeta Skirt

This style of elongated bodice was popular in the late 1850’s, but began to fall out of fashion by 1860. At that time bodices with waistlines at the natural waist became the predominant style. The bodice is made from black, white, and red plaid linen and is trimmed with red fringe. The skirt is black faille trimmed with black lace and satin bows. The man’s outfit was made by my mother and includes pants, a shirt, a vest, and a frock coat (not pictured). More details can be seen on Mom’s Sewing Page.  The pattern used is Period Impressions Day Bodice.