Women in America were often unable to obtain certain materials and fabrics from Europe (especially during the Civil War) and had to either sew their clothing by hand or make do with a local seamstress in a nearby town. Even if they could afford it, gowns made of silk, satin, and velvet were not practical for Southern women as daily wear on rural farming plantations. These fine fabrics were reserved for receiving special visitors, church on Sundays, social gatherings, and balls when they visited nearby towns or the larger cities of Charleston, New Orleans, and Atlanta. Day gowns were often made of sturdy fabrics that could endure several washings such as wool, calico, and cotton.
The other photos below do not have descriptions, but will give writers a good idea of other colors and styles available to women in North Carolina during this time period.