Reproduction 1830s Dress for Sale

Reproduction 1839 Gown

Could possibly pass costume approval for Dickens Fair, if you are allowed to wear 1840s for your role, as it’s a historically accurate day dress for the very late 1830s or early 1840s.  However, light colors are not preferred, and it’s an early style, so you should check with Dickens Fair!  No guarantees!

Would be perfect to wear as a patron to Dickens Fair!

For sale – $100 (plus shipping) – contact kendra at demodecouture dot com to purchase


  • Maximum garment measures:  Bust = 46″, Waist = 35″
  • Should fit about a modern size 18-20 — but see measurements!
  • I’m tall (5’11″), so the skirt might be long on you — it’s 47″ long waist to hem.

Inspiration:  Based on an 1839 Le Follett fashion plate.

Description: Cross-over bodice, bodice back closure with hooks & bars, almost everything is piped with narrow bias (ie angled) self-fabric piping, sleeves have two ruffles around upper arm, skirt has bias (ie angled) self-fabric ruffle down front of skirt and around hem.  Wide white eyelet collar.  Matching self-fabric belt.  Has thin bust pads basted into bodice lining at upper bust — could be easily removed.

Designed to be worn over a corset and one (or more) starched and/or corded petticoats.  These are not included!

Fabric:  Pale green and cream narrow stripe silk.  The silk is not crisp like taffeta — it’s more of a twill, but it’s not a super lightweight blouse twill either (you could use it for a blouse, but it’s not that super lightweight crepe de chine type twill).  Interlined with silk organza, lined in white cotton.

Construction:  Interior seams are machine sewn, all finishing is done by hand.  Used historically accurate flat lining techniques.

Condition: Excellent – I only wore this once!  The only thing I would caution about is that when I made it, I had some issues getting the bodice silk and lining to match up perfectly, so there’s a little bit of poochiness at the top of the bust darts.  The only other thing that you should know is that I used a mix of black and silver hooks & bars, which you can barely see.  If that bugs you, you could easily swap out one color for another.

Shipping: I’ll go with whatever’s cheapest/fastest — you pick.  Or I can arrange pickup in Alameda or downtown San Francisco (near Powell St BART).

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The Dreamstress October 10, 2010 at 9:32 pm

I can’t believe you are selling this for so little! That is such a bargain! Alas, I am not your size :-(

Nicola Gabancho October 11, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Hi Kendra – tried to email you but it’s bouncing – I’m interested in both dresses, but would it be possible to try them on? I’m in SF and can come to Alameda if that’s easier.


kendra October 11, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Unfortunately the dresses are taken — sorry!

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