Late Victorian Era Fashion Plate - April 1870 Peterson's Magazine
Fashions for April
Fig 1 - Evening-Dress of white swiss muslin, trimmed with twelve narrow flounces, which reach to the waist; each flounce has a band of narrow, black velvet run on it just above the narrow hem. Low, plain waist, and short, puffed sleeves; black velvet bretelles, wit small bows on the shoulders, and a black velvet sash, with large bows and long, wide ends. Narrow black velvet ribbon around the neck, and a bow of black velvet in the hair.
Fig 2 - Walking-Dress - The skirt is of green and white plaid mohair, trimmed with eleven narrow, bias ruffles, scalloped on the lower edge. The redingote is also of green mohair, but of a smaller plaid than that of the skirt, and of two shades of green instead of green and white. It opens in front, is lined with green silk, which shows when the ends are turned back. The back of the redingote is slit up part of the way to the waist, and the corners are turned back and faced with green silk, like the front; the open waist and close sleeves are also trimmed with green silk. White lace bonnet, ornamented with pink roses.
Fig 3 - House or Carriage-Dress of rich brown silk, striped with black. The skirt is short and quite plain; the pannier is very much puffed out in the back, and not closed at the lower part; that, as well as the bottom of the small, tight, jacket-shaped body, is trimmed with black lace put on over white lace; the sleeves and bretelles are trimmed in the same way.
Fig 4 - White Mohair Dress - The skirt of which is quite plain, except just around the bottom, where a scalloped trimming is put on to turn up, and is laid in large box-plaits. Yellow silk over-skirt, very much looped up, longer at the back than at the sides, and trimmed with green fringe; a small, white ornament, like an apron, trimmed with green, falls over the front. High, white muslin body worn under a low, green silk one, and sleeves puffed to the wrist.
Fig 5 - Carriage or House-Dress of gray silk - The skirt is long and plain, except down the front, which is ornamented with blue bows, connected by a band of blue silk. The casaque, which also forms an upper-skirt, has two very deep and full puffs at the back, and is turned back and faced with blue silk in front; the waist is also open, and faced with blue silk, and shows the waist of the under-skirt, which is trimmed with blue bows. Bonnet of blue crepe, ornamented with a small ostrich feather.