- Aug 26, 2013
Were hoopskirts worn as everyday clothing or just for special occasions? It seems as they'd get in the way, particularly in the country, or get caught in doors, etc.
No point in dragging them around in the dust or the mud! And it never hurts to show off nicely turned ankle.And like any good texas frontier gal, she's got her colt pocket tucked in her apron. Pretty wicked with a fryin pan too!
I think her skirts are about 2" off' the ground.
Yes. The bell shape, of course, is produced only by the hoop, so the only difference was the length of the hem. There's a famous photo of women wearing skirts hemmed for hoops, but without the hoops, showing the excess length: https://history369.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/female-venereal-hospital.jpg A few women are wearing hoops in the photo--the one in profile holding a white cloth, and the one at the extreme left-- but you can see how the same kind of dress appears without hoops, with the hem dragging the ground, on the woman toward the left of the photo with hands on hips. The only thing different in the basic cut of the dress is the extra length to go over the hoops. Of course, there would be more subtle differences in fabric and trim, as one wouldn't make a dress meant to go without hoops of nice fabric and fancy trim.D.H.Hill said:Did every day rural dress have the same basic style, just not bell shaped?
I have always thought is wearisome to baste and un-baste collars on dresses. It seems they would get tired of doing that every week!For many women, especially those on a budget, the "going to church" dress was generally the newest, with a fancier collar basted on. When replaced, it became the "everyday work dress." If the family was quite poor, that may have been her one and only dress, sponged and pressed the night before, with the "Sunday collar" basted on for the day. Sometimes the nicest dress was kept for 10 years or more strictly for special occasions (think of Ma's delaine [wool] dress in the "Little House" series, although that was 20 years later).