Here is a truly wonderful example of a 1860's to later 1870's cotton calico nightgown with historical fabric lining in keeping with America's first Centennial founding. Not only were the historical fabrics popular from this time period, but indeed, the double cinnamon pink calico fabrics were also popular. So the maker chose this warm pink colored fabric to make a nightgown or perhaps it served as a dress. It is made from several widths of fabric 25" wide. One width also has a gusset inset 10" wide, at the bottom hem. This gusset length extends 15" up to the point. The gown is long sleeve with a closed cuff. (no opening). Neckline is constructed with a pointed collar. See photo of this very interesting attachment of the collar to the neckline.
The gown is made with a yoke with four buttons fastening partially down the front. Buttonholes are hand stitched. A fabric bias finishes the arm hole seams. Now, the inside lining of the yoke displays a wonderful piece of historical fabric of flags, stars and wreaths mixed with another brown calico to complete the interior lining. How wonderful is that, especially if you are a lover of old fabric with historical significance. The lining is only in the yoke area.
Another plus, the gown is completely hand stitched and the gathers at the yoke and cuffs are tiny gauged pleats.
Conditions is remarkable for the age. Some soiling at the hem line and a couple tiny holes.
Length from the neck line to hem is 53" long. 13-1/2" across the shoulders. Sleeve is 22"long.
A wonderful garment for a primitive country decor.