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A Civil War Halloween Costume

Guest Author - Tina Sansone

While thinking of the Civil War might bring soldier uniforms to mind, there were of course women in the Civil War era too. They have gorgeous dresses, too!

Unfortunately, while just about anyone can whip up a Civil War soldier outfit, a woman's dress back then was a work of art. Just take a look at the classic image of Scarlett from Gone with the Wind:

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You'll need to buy at least the undergarments and then make the dress to go over the top, or you can buy the entire dress ready-made if you don't mind paying someone for that sewing work. Here's a collection that includes both ball dresses and every-day work dresses -

Dress Listings

To make your own, give these Civil War Day Dress Patterns a try - but give yourself plenty of time beforehand to get the fabric and work on the dress. It could be worth it, to create a dress that connects you with your past and gets rave comments when it's worn!

It can really help to watch Gone with the Wind and see the variety of outfits people wore during the Civil War. The movie is a classic in many ways!
Buy Gone with the Wind from Amazon.com

Here's information on making a Civil War Soldier outfit.

First off, the shoes and pants. Those are easy. Union soldiers wore dark blue pants with a light blue stripe down the side. Confederates wore grey pants. In both cases just wear dark shoes or boots.

The jacket was a simple affair - blue for union, grey for confederate. The arms were straight, the center buttoned down with a series of gold buttons. You can see a variety of jackets and pants at this site, as well as buy ready-made outfits if you want!

Union and Confederate Soldier Uniforms

You can make most of the costume yourself, but having the perfect hat really makes the outfit shine. Here are a great collection of hats from the Civil War era.

Miller Hats

It can really help to watch Gone with the Wind and see the variety of outfits people wore during the Civil War. The movie is a classic in many ways!
Buy Gone with the Wind from Amazon.com

Thanks to Lisa Shea for being our guest writer for this article.



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