This is a place for any extant garments in private collections from about 1929 back. There is no beginning date. The only rule is that it can't be currently in a museum and must be before a time my Great Aunts can remember. :-) I mostly post items I've seen on ebay, etsy, or other auction sites so we will continue to have a record of them for research purposes.
This gown dates to the late Victorian 19th century and is two piece in its construction, fashioned of a cotton and a wool or linen blend. The bottom of the jacket is cut in full flowing form, this may have had a third piece which would have been worn beneath. The collar is unfinished around the edge and is trimmed in off white chemical lace, backed in buckram, and trace points of silk reveal that it was once fully backed in silk but the silk is now absent. The bottom edge of the jacket is stitched in rows, backed in silk in the stitch detail. The cuffs are large flaring trumpet bells that fall longer at the outer arm, the skirt is pleated vertically down with its bottom trimmed in the matching stitching, the rear flows in a full flowing long train. There are five thumbprints of fray holes, a dozen or so small pinhead fray holes scattered through the gown, hard to note, the gown is fully strong and wearable if so desired. The bodice measures 44 inches around the chest with the rear length measuring 16 inches, front falls 3 inches longer, skirt measures 23 inches around the waist, if worn on the last hook , could measure 25 inches around the waist, 40 inches in front length and 55 inches in its rear training length.
My *guess* is this is a 1870's (maybe 1860's?) maternity gown.It's hard to tell the way it's on the dress form.