A model dressed in a black silk 1860s dress with a red shawl and red book stands in an old cemetery
A photo collage shows two photos: a front and back view of a black silk 1860s dress bodice.  The model wears a black spoon bonnet and holds a red book.
A photo collage shows two a front and back view of a model wearing a black silk 1860s dress while walking through an old cemetery
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Jo's Mourning Gown (1850s-1860s)
Jo's Mourning Gown (1850s-1860s)
A series of photos illustrates 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 illustrates 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"

Jo's Mourning Gown (1850s-1860s)

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Be your favorite gothic literary heroine in a perfectly tailored, high-quality, historically accurate mid-Victorian day dress. This dress is perfect for attending an event, reenacting history, acting in theatre, or for admirers of Victorian mourning rituals and gothic literature. It is probably what Jo March wore when mourning Beth's death.

Mourning dresses were made in all black with minimal trimmings. These designs are based on extant mourning dresses that can be 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!)  Please note that trims such as lace, braid, etc. will vary slightly depending on stock 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 day dress features:

  • a fully lined, "V" shaped bodice
  • dropped shoulders
  • darts in the front and princess seams in the back for a close-fitting bodice
  • front button closure and center front skirt closure
  •  "coat" sleeves that are fitted at the armscye and wrist, but full at the elbow
  • a skirt width between 150" and 180" to generously accommodate a hoop skirt
  • a skirt evenly gathered to fit the bodice
  • one or more 1" tucks at the hem
  • a hem faced with a coordinating cotton fabric
  • two roomy pockets, hidden in the side seams of the skirt

The price shown is for the basic dress and does NOT include: piping at the neckline, armsyces, or waistband; the collar, bonnet, shawl, or cuffs; velvet trim on the bodice, a ruffle on the skirt, or epaulettes on the sleeves. All of these are add-ons that are shown on the pictured dresses.  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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