Give your Civil War Dress a little extra flare with a hoop skirt!
Ladies Undergarments in the 1860’s consisted of about seven layers of clothing under the dress. Cotton bloomers, a chemise and corset, a camisole, the under petticoat, the pantelets, and the over petticoat. Not to mention of course, the stockings and garter as well.
Hoop Skirt/Full. This hoop skirt is made with four rows of featherbone hooping and is the fullest hoop skirt available with the largest hoop at the bottom measuring 108” around. It is by far the best choice to add the most fullness to your Civil War gown.
Hoop Skirt/Medium Fullness. While this hoop skirt is not quite as full as the one pictured above, it does provide a nice amount of fullness for a Civil War dress.
Hoop Skirt/Minimum Fullness. This “hoop skirt” has one narrow hoop at the bottom edge of the hoop skirt and is designed to help an ankle length dress hold it’s shape. It can be used for a Civil War dress, although it is not designed to provide the fullness shown in the typical costume images you see for Southern Belles gowns.
The civil war era carries with it a history of dark days of war and yet at the same time there are many pre-civil war charming and beautiful memories that are important to remember and that still intrigue us in today’s modern times.
Here at Civil War Dresses.org you will not only find a selection of 1860’s dresses and costume accessories, but a few interesting tidbits of 1860’s history. For example one historian does not agree that the average lifespan was 39 in the 1860’s. According to this viewpoint, the typical age span in civil war era was generally the same as today. The statistics are based on numbers that include childbirth mortality rates, etc. thus lowering the average lifespan to 39, but a typical adult would live into their 60’s or 70’s. For example: Dorothea Dix, Superintendent of Female Nurses for the Union, lived for 85 years; Florence Nightingale lived to be 90 years old; and Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, lived to the age of 91.