This plain dress made in Vermont circa 1825 is a rarity: a homespun dress that survived being cut into pieces for rags. The rough plain weave wool fabric was hand dyed and hand sewn. Most of us save our prettiest gowns for posterity, but we rarely save our every day dresses. Beautiful examples of ball gowns and richly decorated party dresses survive, but this gown, just sold on Vintage Textiles, is worth more than its weight in gold for the mere fact that it survived in such good condition. Hurry over to the site to view the many images of this dress before the link is discontinued. Oh, dear, the link has already been taken down.
Vintage Textiles, as you know, is one of my favorite sites. The visual displays of the clothes for sale are unparalleled, and each item comes with a provenance and rich description. I would suggest that you visit this site often if you are interested in the fashions of the era. Many of the pieces are surprisingly affordable, especially the accessories. I was devastated to read that one bride had purchased a vintage lace gown from Vintage Textiles and had it redesigned into a modern wedding dress. While the dress was pretty, she had ruined a one-of-a-kind, historical gown.