Beth's Sheer Dress (1850s-1860s)
Beth's Sheer Dress (1850s-1860s)
Beth's Sheer Dress (1850s-1860s)
Beth's Sheer Dress (1850s-1860s)
Beth's Sheer Dress (1850s-1860s)
Beth's Sheer Dress (1850s-1860s)
Beth's Sheer Dress (1850s-1860s)
Beth's Sheer Dress (1850s-1860s)
Beth's Sheer Dress (1850s-1860s)
Beth's Sheer Dress (1850s-1860s)
A series of photos illustrate how to measure one's bust, waist, and hem length
A sizing chart gives the following information - X-Small (US women's 0-2): Bust - 33", Waist - 25" - Small (US women's 4-6): Bust - 35", Waist - 27" - Medium (US women's 8-10): Bust - 38", Waist - 30" - Large (US women's 12-14): Bust - 42", Waist - 34" - X-Large (US women's 16-18): Bust - 45", Waist - 38" - 2X (US 20W-22W): Bust - 49", Waist - 44" - 3X (US 24W-26W): Bust - 53", Waist - 48" - 4X (US 28W-30W): Bust - 57", Waist - 53" - 5X (US 32W-34W): Bust - 61", Waist - 57"
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  • Load image into Gallery viewer, A series of photos illustrate how to measure one's bust, waist, and hem length
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, A sizing chart gives the following information - X-Small (US women's 0-2): Bust - 33", Waist - 25" - Small (US women's 4-6): Bust - 35", Waist - 27" - Medium (US women's 8-10): Bust - 38", Waist - 30" - Large (US women's 12-14): Bust - 42", Waist - 34" - X-Large (US women's 16-18): Bust - 45", Waist - 38" - 2X (US 20W-22W): Bust - 49", Waist - 44" - 3X (US 24W-26W): Bust - 53", Waist - 48" - 4X (US 28W-30W): Bust - 57", Waist - 53" - 5X (US 32W-34W): Bust - 61", Waist - 57"

Beth's Sheer Dress (1850s-1860s)

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Be your own Beth March in a perfectly tailored, high-quality, historically accurate mid-Victorian sheer summer dress. Whether you are an attendee at an event, a historical reenactor, an actress in theatre, or an avid admirer of the books by Louisa May Alcott, this dress will make you feel like Beth at the sea shore!  

Sheer dresses were worn in the summer to keep cool, and often included many feminine details such as ruffles.  This dress is based on an extant examples found here.

When you purchase a made-to-order item, you get the dress of your dreams by choosing the fabric from the drop-down options, providing measurements for a custom fit, and even purchasing extra available add-ons! (Search the website for “add-ons” to see what’s available!)  Contact us through the “Custom Orders” page if you would like to discuss additional fabric and customization options that are not available on this listing.

As a custom piece, this item is professionally handmade at my Texas (USA) studio and order fulfillment takes 10-12 weeks. Please see the website header for a current estimate on the month your order will be shipped to you. Shipping within the U.S. is FREE for all orders over $50.

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ALL THE DETAILS

This dress is made-to-order; choose the size that you currently wear in contemporary sizing and choose the fabric combination from the fabric choices. Within 48 hours of receiving your order, I will send you a measurement worksheet listing the measurements required for a perfect fit. 

This 1850s-1860s sheer dress features:

  • a sheer "O" shaped bodice with a high neckline
  • a fitted, boned bodice lining with a wide, low neckline
  • dropped shoulders
  • a ruffle trim on the bodice
  • gathers in the front and back waistline to gather the bodice to the waistband
  • a sash to tie into a bow at the back waist
  • front button closure
  • long, full-gathered sheer sleeves with button-up cuffs
  • a skirt width between 150" and 180" to generously accommodate a hoop skirt
  • a skirt ruffle
  • a hem faced with coordinating cotton fabric

The price shown is for the basic dress and does NOT include: piping at the neckline, armsyces, or waistband; the collar, bonnet, or shawl; or the dogleg closure that is pictured (the dress will have a center front waistband and skirt closure). If you desire any of these added to your dress, please choose these add-ons and accessories in the Little Women Collection and add them to your cart when purchasing the dress.

Current fabric choices are shown with inspiration photos to help you visualize the dress in that fabric.  These inspiration photos are either photos of extant dresses or period fashion plates.  They serve ONLY as inspiration and do NOT depict exactly how your dress will be made. Once you order, I will contact you to discuss measurements and confirm exact details.

Feel free to contact us through the "Custom Orders" page if you wish to provide your own fabric or you have a different color in mind than the ones shown.  

To achieve the correct historical silhouette, this gown is pictured over a corset, crinoline, and petticoats, but no corset, crinoline, or petticoats are included with this listing. This dress is made to fit over a historical corset and will not fit correctly over modern undergarments. However, if you would like your commissioned dress to fit over modern undergarments, please send an email, and I will be happy to oblige!

Measure your bust and waist and choose your size based on the pictured sizing guidelines. For the most accurate fit, please take the measurements while wearing your corset. The dress will be hemmed to accommodate hoops and sit about 2" off the floor, based on the measurements you send after you order.

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HOW TO MEASURE YOURSELF

Please measure yourself while wearing the corset and other undergarments you plan to wear with the gown.  Remember that measurements such as your bust and waist should be 1-1.5" inches smaller than the dress measurements, to allow for ease of movement. Refer to the measurement graphic in the listing and this video tutorial if you need assistance in understanding and taking your measurements. If you still have additional questions, please feel free to email me.

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CARE INSTRUCTIONS

A care card will be included with your order, but if you choose a silk or wool fabric, it will be dry clean only.  Most dresses made with cotton, linen, or polyester fabrics can be washed.

All fabrics are preshrunk, usually by prewashing.  Seller is not responsible for any allergic reactions to the detergent used in prewashing.

 All items with buttons come with an extra button sewn inside.

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