I was browsing the Wisconsin Historical Society website earlier today and was really intrigued by this dress: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/museum/collections/online/Detlobjps.cfm?ObjectID=29286
It is dated 1860-1879, so I'm assuming it would be correct for CW events. The thing that caught my eye was that it is long sleeved, and the cut of it looks like it would take less fabric than a standard long infant gown with a gathered skirt.
On this particular dress, the skirt looks fairly short compared to most baby gowns I've seen pictures of. Is a shorter length common to this style of gown, or should I lengthen it for my 3 week old baby? For that matter, how short is too short for an infant gown? I like the elegance of longer skirts on Baby, but shorter lengths seem so much more practical since they wouldn't catch on things so much and there is less material to get soiled (usually my fault with longer baby gowns, since it is spread out on my lap when I'm sitting).
What kind of undergarments would be worn with this kind of gown?
Thanks for any thoughts!