The plan was (is, someday...) to use the extra yard or so of reproduction cotton print from my 1860s cotton day dress to make an evening bodice for the skirt. This seems to have been a pretty common occurrence in the mid-19th century, and it makes a lot of sense. A dress takes a lot of material and a lot of effort, but a little evening bodice is a small fraction of that--once you're already making something, why not put in a tiny amount more and end up with something that can be worn to double the occasions?
I think this is a really neat system, and I think the different trims for day and evening are also a cool contrast. Here are some outfits I particularly like!
|Ensemble, 1858 via The Met Museum|
|1850s, via the FIDM Museum|
|plaid! moire taffeta, c.1860|
|cotton sheer, 1860s|
|yellow silk with yellow lining, 1861 via the CT Historical Society|