With a 'Y' bodice this dress is made closer to a 1840's style than a civil war although the style was worn into the 1870's by some. It is made of high quailty cotton that is blue with purple and green geometric flowers on it. Although everything else is very period, it does have a zipper in the back. The skirt is full enough for a hoop, and the belt comes with the dress (it is hand made). It is a ladies size 8-10. Please e-mail for specific measurements.