A small sprig print in my reproduction collection
Alice's Scrapbag is named Mama's Wrapper.
Scrapbags, real and imaginary, would have fabrics
leftover from making wrappers.
A wrapper was ladies' at-home wear, often made of cotton.
"Lawn with ruffles or white material with flouncing look equally well."
Godey's Lady's Book
Wrappers are robes split down the front.
Do note that petticoats and hoops could be worn under the wrapper or not.
Wrappers could be elaborate as in this silk/wool example.
Harper's Bazaar, 1871 in the age of the bustle.
But a woman without an excess of servants would choose a cotton print.
Paisleys, madder shades and border prints were popular choices.
Talk about a border print!
In her 1873 book The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, Fashion, and Manual of Politeness, Florence Hartley explained the role of the wrapper:
"The most suitable dress for breakfast, is a wrapper made to fit the figure loosely, and the material, excepting when the winter weather required woolen goods, should be of chintz, gingham, brilliantine, or muslin. A lady who has children, or one accustomed to perform for herself light household duties, will soon find the advantage of wearing materials that will wash.....a lady should never receive morning callers in a wrapper.”
The print is reproduced in six colors in
basic madder reproduction shades with a little bright blue.