Late Victorian Era Ladies' Dresses - February 1870 Peterson's Magazine
House-Dress of Blue Silk
The skirt is only of medium length, and is trimmed with one deep flounce, headed with two narrow bands of silk. Upper-skirt of blue and white striped silk, also trimmed with a flounce and two bias bands of the blue silk. This skirt is made like a polonaise at the waist, and is seen in front beneath the blue cape, which opens there in two points. The sleeves, pannier at the back, and bows, are all of the plain blue silk. The upper-skirt reaches to the top of the flounce in front.
Walking-Dress of Black Silk
Flounce round the bottom, with a fluted heading and two rows of black velvet. Tunic fringed with a fluting and two rows of velvet. This tunic is looped up at the back and forms a large puff. Plain bodice, trimmed with a pastroon of black velvet, and a fringe forming a collar at the back. Sleeves with velvet revers. Oval-shaped hat of black velvet, with bow of velvet and aigrette of feathers.