I bet they knocked stuff over left and right. That's what I'd do, I'm sure. Vases, chairs, children.How in the world did those women get around with dresses that full? They take up a lot of space.
I bet they knocked stuff over left and right. That's what I'd do, I'm sure. Vases, chairs, children......../QUOTE]
I thought the same thing, that's why the furniture was massive, so the dresses wouldn't bulldoze them out of the way.
When did the bussel, (bustle? What ever gave the women the rather prominent rear end), come into fashion. I thought it came into fashion after the CW.
I think if you were wearing a tightly laced corset, that might have taken the strain off you back. You probably weren't laced tight enough.
No wonder every house had a fainting couch.I think if you were wearing a tightly laced corset, that might have taken the strain off you back. You probably weren't laced tight enough.
There is a lot wrong with that fashion and it caused all kinds of physical problems, from circulatory to childbearing to distortion bones and more. I am sure it probably caused emotional issues as well, if you couldn't get your figure to the desired shape. As to eating, women were not encouraged to eat much, at least until they were married. They would go to those ten course dinners and perhaps eat a spoonful of each course.No wonder every house had a fainting couch.
So when a woman ate..........did she gave to unlace the corset?
There's just so much wrong with that fashion.
You are correct ~ it was here. It's probably somewhere in the Ladies Tea forum.Somewhere here on CWT (maybe I found it somewhere else) is a contemporary video of a woman showing how ladies back then used a chamber pot all gowned up in hoop skirts, bustles and petticoats. There was a real trick to doing it properly with out having to remove the major garment parts. It's really entertaining.
Those are beautiful! Hopefully they will have it this year. Too bad some Americans have somehow twisted the war between the states as "offensive" when there is still SO much to be learned from it...especially today!Here are some Southern ladies pictured with me at the most recent "Civil War Days" in Manassas City two years ago. This annual event was not held last year due to public outcry and the regretful decision the Manassas City manager had to make to cancel it. Hopefully it will happen again this August. It's a fantastic 3 day event and there's always a huge turn-out. And plenty of port-o-potties for all!!! It's held on the grounds of the Manassas Museum at the end of August.View attachment 186105 View attachment 186106 View attachment 186107 View attachment 186108 View attachment 186111 View attachment 186112 View attachment 186113 If you click on the images they will enlarge
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