Authentic nineteenth-century pattern. Step-by-step sewing instructions are illustrated with easy-to-follow drawings. The instruction guides describe historically-accurate sewing techniques, though modern alternatives are offered on some steps. The envelope lists appropriate fabrics, colors, and color combinations called from nineteenth-century fashion magazines. Modern fabric suggestion are also made. Information on the garment's fashion era, as well as suggestions about appropriate hair and hat styles, accessories, and under-clothing are made in the illustrated "Period Notes" that follow the instructions. Directions are also given for any required undergarments such as bustles or petticoats. Based on garments from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin' Costume Collection. Patterns in this collection are from 1840-1899.