Wool dress, England

Wool dress, England

Dress
England
1836 - 1838
Wool with a printed trefoil design
Museum no. T. 11-1935
© Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The fitted bodice has a low, round neck and a slightly high waistline. The skirt is box-pleated more tightly at the centre back. The sleeves are set low, tightly pleated below the shoulder. They have been altered by having the fullness reduced and a frill attached at the elbow. The sleeve puffs are stiffened with calico and supported with tapes. The main seams are faced, the bodice is lined with cotton and the skirt faced with glazed cotton.

Bonnets were fashionable at the beginning of Queen Victoria's reign when indoor caps were still worn by most married women. Both started to go out of fashion in the 1860s when hats gradually replaced bonnets and indoor caps were worn only by widows.