Model wears an all-black silk mourning dress from 1860s and holds a black lace umbrella.  She stands in a cemetery
A photo collage shows two images of a model wearing an all-black 1860s mourning dress while standing in an old cemetery
Two close-up shots show the velvet trimming on the bodice of a black silk 1860s mourning dress
Photo collage shows an extant 1860s mourning dress with our reproduction 1860s mourning dress
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"
A series of images illustrates how to take your bust, waist, and hem measurements
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Model wears an all-black silk mourning dress from 1860s and holds a black lace umbrella.  She stands in a cemetery
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, A photo collage shows two images of a model wearing an all-black 1860s mourning dress while standing in an old cemetery
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Two close-up shots show the velvet trimming on the bodice of a black silk 1860s mourning dress
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Photo collage shows an extant 1860s mourning dress with our reproduction 1860s mourning dress
  • 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"
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Size S: Jo's Mourning Dress (1867-1869)

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$654.50 USD
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$654.50 USD
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$1,309.00 USD
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Be your favorite gothic literary heroine in this 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. This dress is based on extant mourning dresses that can be found here.

As a modeling sample, this mourning dress was worn for photography.  It is the only mourning dress 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 ensemble can also be commissioned in the size and fabric of your choice. Commission pricing for a dress just like this starts at $1.309, due to the silk fabric and add-ons, but more economical options are available. If you would like to commission it in the size and color of your choice, message me today!

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ALL THE DETAILS

This mourning dress is a women's size 6 (small) and is ideal for heights of about 5'2" to 5'4".  It includes a bodice and skirt, as well as a white collar (which is basted in) and a dust ruffle that buttons into the hem.

This dress is made in the Meg's Afternoon Gown design out of a black 100% silk crepe and includes:

  • a "V" shape bodice, which visually broadens the shoulders and narrows the waist
  • a button front closure
  • fully lined and fitted, boned bodice
  • black velvet trim on the bodice and sleeves (a $75 add-on)
  • matching piping on the bodice (a $75 add-on)
  • a white (100% cotton voile) collar trimmed with cotton lace (a $25 add-on)
  • long, fitted sleeves trimmed ending in a cuff that closes with hook and eye
  • a fully pleated skirt with a width of about 170" and made to fit an elliptical hoop (a $150 add-on)
  • hem facing
  • a ruffle around the bottom half of the skirt (a $150 add-on)
  • a dust ruffle (50/50 cotton/poly broadcloth) that buttons into the hem (a $125 add-on)

The dress measurements are as follows:

  • Bust: 36"
  • Waist: 28.5"
  • Back neck to hem length: 52" (plus a 6" train on the back)

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

To achieve the correct historical silhouette, the dress is pictured over a corset, petticoat, and elliptical hoop, but no corset, petticoats, or hoops are included with this listing.

**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 an inch or more, 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, please feel free to message me. If you would like it altered to fit your measurements, please message me for alteration pricing, as that will be an additional cost.

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CARE INSTRUCTIONS

A care card will be included with your order, but because this is a silk fabric, it is dry clean only.  The removable collar and dust ruffle can be machine 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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