1850 style dress could be worn to Dickens. A nice blouse and small hoopskirt could be worn under this dress, to give it a bit more character.
Items constructed for this costume:
FabricGreen and navy blue cotton plaid for bodice and skirt trim.
BodiceBodice in green and navy blue cotton plaid with pagoda sleeves lined with navy. Pearlized buttons up front. This was made as a fitting and pattern adjustment of another bodice and is not lined. Detachable bust pads.
Bust approx 33"
Waist approx 24.5"
Back neck to waist 14.5"
Pattern: Based on Janet Arnold, "Patterns of Fashion 1", 1964, page 67, c.1856-60 The Vicoria and Albert Museum wedding dress
SkirtGreen cotton skirt with green and navy blue plaid cotton trim on bottom edge. Gathered skirt, back hook and eye closures, two hidden front pockets, waistband covered in navy lining.
waist approx. 24.5"
hem circumference 132"