1836-1840 ca. Printed Cotton Dress, English. Showing the fashion changes that happened after the late Regency Era and during the early Victorian years. Waists had dropped and had become more fitted. Full gathered skirts flowed out from those nipped waist lines, which were often V-shaped.Continue reading →
Mail Coaches in Art . Regency and Early Victorian Eras via British Postal Museum.Continue reading →
1850 Beaded Crochet Reticule, or Coin Purse.This reticule is made from beaded crochet attached to a ready-made hinged frame with chain handle. It may have held coins, or was possibly not used at all – it may have been purely ornamental. It was made in the mid nineteenth century, and would have been based on a pattern found in a popular women’s magazine or knitting book.Continue reading →
Weird Historical Pants for Men. No wonder men needed valets! It wasn’t just women struggling into tight fitting clothing! And no wonder it took both sexes so long to dress every day, often changing clothes four or five times a day! Early on were Breeches – Short, close-fitting trousers that fastened just below the knees or above the ankles, with a horizontal front flap called the ‘fall’ and were worn with stockings. Boys of 3 – 6 years stopped wearing loose dress-type children’s garments and went into short pants instead, and were considered ‘breeched.’ In Regency times, breeches were worn tighter to show off a manly physique. Then of course we had Pantaloons By the late 1810s and beyond, these became popular and eventually they evolved into full length trousers. Originally pantaloons were made to suit shorter Hessian boots that fell below the typical knee-breech level and they were worn very form-fitting. Buckskins – Fashionable trousers made from deer skin also showed off every curve of the man’s figure. How could ladies not want to peek? Oooh, what a display of fine, manly figure!! Swoon! And so to more modern Trousers – The word Trouser came into usage in the late 1600′s, so we’ve had trousers around for a long time. But at first, they were mostly for lower classes. Revolutionary France started a trend for sans-culottes, which meant trousers or pantaloons instead of culottes, or knee breeches, which were associated with the aristocracy. The styles of the revolution … Continue reading →
- The word Chatelaine is French and means the keeper of the keys
- Chatelaine” derives from the Latin word for castle
- In Medieval times, the chatelaine was in charge of the day-to-day running of the castle.