Reception gown of 1877.

Reception gown, Jane E. Turner, New York, Two-piece dress of claret-colored velvet and taffeta with bustle and train. Self-covered buttons at center front with detail embroidery.

Late 1880's - I love all of the detail in this. I am hoping to find a way to do something this ornate. We shall see!

Late -Bustle high and full with a narrow waist and tight fitting bodice. Fullness in the back with no train and a leaning stance

chart of 19th century fashion

My version of a Victorian fashion timeline. It may not be correct but I think I got the basic dress shapes right. I also realize that the Victorian.

Nellie Oleson's Dress for the American girl by dancingwithneedles

Empress' Secret Closet ~ We just purchased this lovely gown titled "Nellie Oleson's Dress" based on an historical child dress made by Cryia at dancingwithneedles via Etsy

The 'Desmoiselles' Dress of 1850s by Doll Clothes of Yore

The 'Desmoiselles' Dress of -- some of these would be so cool in funky prints and fabric mixes .

Here is another stunning 1870s bustle gown.

An early Bustle Period dinner dress. The style of this gown created a large bustle in the back then drapes down into a train while the bodice is tight fitting and shoulders in natural position.

Godey's Fashions Paper Dolls Girls Tea Party Reusable Activity Set

Godey's Fashions Paper Dolls Girls Tea Party Reusable Activity Set

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