Dresses of the Civil War Era
Dresses of the Civil War period werer constructred from cotton, silk, linen and wool. Most dresses consisted of a matching bodice and skirt sewn together. the neckline was typically round and fit closely to the base of the neck. Collars ans cuffs were the two areas that soiled and wore out quickly. To increase the life of the dress or gown, collars and cuffs were sewn onto the gown and not into them as we do today. This way the could be easily removed by snipping a few threads and replaced with a new piece. Depending on circumstances, regionality and socio-economic status dresses may or may not have been worn with a hoop.
Camp or Day Dresses
The terms camp dress and day dress are interchangible to a point. Camp dresses were not worn over a hoop. Instead one, two or more pettycoats may have been worn under the dess. Perhaps even a nicely starched, corded petticoat. A day dress could be with either petticoats or a hoop.
There was a gown for every occasion or event. Your social economic status would dictate what types of clothing you would have had. It is also important to keep ethinicity and regionality in mind as well. While we all love to wear the beautiful, elaborate gowns, reality is that was not always the care nor was it always practical. But that is for you to decide. There were tea gowns, carriage gowns, traveling gowns, ball gowns, dinner gowns and more . I am often sent photos and asked if I can recreate the gown in the picture. I do my best with the resources I have availible.
Ladies had dresses for every occasion and activity. Are you looking for an every day hoop dress? A plain day or camp dress? Perhaps a tea gown, dinner dress or even a ball gown?