They were pleated at the V-shaped waist in order to create a visual line of a small waist. In the late 1840s and early 1850s a 'round' dress became popular.A 'round' dress was created by way of a blouse with a drop shouldered yoke.This blouse was fitted and it buttoned up the front to the neck.It was popular to adorn the edges of the buttoned front, sometimes with an overlapping decoration at the neck.
It was worn with the full hooped skirts of the later 1850s.
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The blouse and skirt were attached onto the same waistband. In 1855 it was designed to eliminate the need for all the heavy stiff petticoats worn previously.
However, it was unfashionable for the hoop lines to show on the skirt, therefore, some layers of petticoats were still worn.