This is a summer day dress from the June 1877 issue of The Delineator.
The full description from in the magazine is given below.
What makes this an 1877 dress?
The first thing you look at is the shape of the skirt. It is very slim in front with fulless behind the knees, in a triangle shape but no bustle. This puts the dress as 1876 to 1877. By 1878, the skirts were slimmed down behind the knees as well. The long bodice would be seen from 1875 fo 1882, but the fuller sleeve puts it at the 1870's, so together looks very 1876-78.
The plain nature of the overksirt with very little draping, also implies an early natural form style. I was struck by the similarity to the square overskirts of 1875. This seems to be an adaptation of that earlier style to the new skirt shape.
Someone mentioned the lack of a pocket. Those pockets on the skirts were all the rage in 1875-1876. This one does not have the pocket so would be from after that time. There was one plate in the same magazine that did have the pocket, so the fad was wearing off by 1877.
It is a day dress becuase of the short skirt (well, not trained anyway), the full length sleeves, and the high neckline.
I love this dress, it is so cute and simple.
The skirt would be TV225, floor length version. This should be worn over TV121 and I would add TV170 for extra fulness at the back, if needed.
The bodice would be TV420, with the edges lengthened and pointed as needed.
The full description givne below fully describes the manner of making up the overskirt. I think that TV324 could be adapted to do this, with the casings and such put into the overskirt as decribed in TV362. The tapes and casings to pull up the dress makes the swags removable for easy washing.
LADIES CAMBRIC COSTUME.
For warm weather, costumes of this description are always popular, affording as they do a sense of genuine comfort to the wearer and a fresh and dainty spectacle to the eye of the observer. The skirt is in the new yoke style, which removes all fullness from about the waist, but is wide enough at the bottom to fall in graceful folds at the back. The yoke is about half a yard deep, and for worsted dresses may be made of lining material. It is fitted to the belt at each side by two darts, and has a short bias seam at the back, the edges above the scam being faced to form a placket opening. To the bottom of the yoke is attached the skirt portion, which is six-gored and has a few gathers on the upper edge of the back-breadth only. No flounce or ruffle completes the bottom of the skirt, though either may be used if the plain finish of braid illustrated is not considered sufficient. The pattern to the skirt is -No. 4858, price Is. 6d. Sterling or 35 cents, and may be used in making a costume any material with very satisfactory results.
The over-skirt is arranged with a -wide front gore, which is fitted at each side by two short darts and shaped to form a center point and a point at each side. The back-breadth however, has a rounding lower edge and is longer than the lower edge of the front gore, to which it is joined. The top of the breadth is gathered to the belt, and a strap tacked underneath at each side assists in draping The main portion of the draping occurs at the side, a casing being sewed underneath just back of the seam so as to form five shirrs, into which tapes are inserted and then drawn up and tied. Other tapes are fastened to the casings at the top and bottom, and are tied across the back to draw the front closer to, the figure. The edges are trimmed with a straight ruffle of the goods, headed by one row of wide braid and two rows of narrow. The ruffle is bound with braid, but may be hemmed if preferred. The pattern to the over-skirt is No. 4865, price 30 cents, or 1s. 3d. Sterling.
The basque is designed to match the over-skirt, having a pointed lower edge trimmed with braid and a ruffle. It is loosely fitted by a dart at each side of the front, under-arm gores, and a seam at the center of the back. The front edge is curved prettily, and closes its whole length with buttonholes and buttons. The neck is completed with a deep collar, pointed at the front and back and edged with a ruffle like that on the overskirt, headed by two lines of narroe braid. The sleeve is in coat shape, and is so arranged that when it is inserted into the arm's-eye, a roll like that at the top of a gentleman's coat sleeve is observable. The wrist is completed with a ruffle of the goods, finished and headed with braid to correspond with the remainder of the costume. Velvet ribbon is often used in place of braid, but must be detached when the dress is laundered. The pattern to the basque is No. 4866, price 30 cents. or Is. 3d. Sterling. 'This pattern, as well as the others, is suitable for any dress goods, and the garments shaped by them may be trimmed with flat bands or galloons of the handsome new styles.