I just finished this dress for the fort. It's the late 1830's period. The picture doesn't show the true colour, which was a more teal background fabric. It also needs its petticoats under the skirt.
It was based on an actual dress. We wanted to reproduce the pretty sleeves, which have pleats and a double ruffle at the top. The bodice has pleats laying diagonally across the bust line.
The entire bodice and sleeves are lined in cotton and boned at the bust darts and sides. We use hook and eye tape to close the back, as it's very durable. These dresses are expected to take a lot of wear!