Size S: Jo's Boating Suit (1850s-1860s)
Size S: Jo's Boating Suit (1850s-1860s)
Size S: Jo's Boating Suit (1850s-1860s)
Size S: Jo's Boating Suit (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"

Size S: Jo's Boating Suit (1850s-1860s)

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$419.40 USD
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$419.40 USD
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$699.00 USD
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Be your own Jo March in a high-quality, historically accurate mid-Victorian boating suit. 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 ready for a day of boating adventures with Jo!  

This dress is consists of a fitted, one-piece dress and trimmed with designs reminiscent of a sailor's suit. It is based on extant examples found here.

As a modeling sample, this boating suit was worn once for photography.  It is the only boating suit in this size, fabric, and design and is available at a reduced price.  It can ship to you in 3-5 business days. Shipping within the U.S. is FREE for all orders over $50.

This dress can also be commissioned in the size and fabric of your choice. Commission pricing starts at $699. If you would like to commission it in the size and color of your choice, order it here.

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ALL THE DETAILS

This boating suit is a women's size 6 (small) and is ideal for heights of about 5'8" to 5'10".  This is a one-piece dress that also includes the separate matching belt and neck tie.

This 1850s-1860s gray and scarlet boating suit is made in 100% cotton sateen and features:a fully lined, "V" shaped bodice

  • dropped shoulders
  • darts in the front and princess seams in the back for a close-fitting bodice
  • squared red middy braid trim on the bodice
  • a contrasting red tie for the neck
  • a stand up collar
  • front button closure and center front skirt closure
  • a coordinating belt
  • "coat" sleeves that are fitted at the armscye and wrist, but full at the elbow
  • inverted "v" red middy braid trim design on the sleeves
  • a skirt width between 150" and 180" to generously accommodate a hoop skirt
  • a skirt fully pleated to fit the bodice
  • two constrasting red bands of fabric at the hem
  • a hem faced with a coordinating cotton fabric

The dress measurements are as follows:

  • Bust: 36"
  • Waist: 30"
  • Back neck to hem length: 60"

If you would like additional measurements, please contact us and we will be happy to provide them! 

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. 

**PLEASE NOTE: All samples are boned with heavy duty zip ties, rather than synthetic whalebone, to help keep costs low.  I find these are just as quality as synthetic whalebone and bone all of my personal historical garments with heavy duty zip ties, but I wanted to disclose this information before you purchase the garment.

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HOW TO MEASURE YOURSELF

Please measure yourself while wearing the corset and other undergarments you plan to wear with the ensemble.  Remember that measurements such as your bust and waist should be smaller than the dress measurements by about an inch, to allow for ease of movement.

Refer to the measurement graphic in the listing and the video tutorial if you need assistance in understanding and taking your measurements. If you still have additional questions or if you would like the dress altered to fit your measurements, please feel free to contact us. (Alterations will be an additional cost.)

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CARE INSTRUCTIONS

A care card will be included with your order, but this dress can be hand washed in cold water and laid flat to dry.  It can be pressed with the cotton setting on your iron.

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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