Ladies--Right from the Front--Resaca--Latest War Fashion

Gettmore

Sergeant
Joined
Jul 5, 2015
Location
Western N.C.
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John S. Carter

Sergeant Major
Joined
Mar 15, 2017
Correct me if I error, but did not the ladies wear more of a simple homespun dress during the war ? This was due to the lack of dress material of cotton which was to go into material for the troops as with uniforms and a sign of patriotism . I remember in" Gone with the Wind "when Scarlett took down the drapes to make a rather creative formal dress. To be true did not the women of the South have to be creative when dress material became so expensive and hard to find, courtesy of the Union blockade and cotton mills dedicated to the military department.
 

Lubliner

Captain
Forum Host
Joined
Nov 27, 2018
Location
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Correct me if I error, but did not the ladies wear more of a simple homespun dress during the war ? This was due to the lack of dress material of cotton which was to go into material for the troops as with uniforms and a sign of patriotism . I remember in" Gone with the Wind "when Scarlett took down the drapes to make a rather creative formal dress. To be true did not the women of the South have to be creative when dress material became so expensive and hard to find, courtesy of the Union blockade and cotton mills dedicated to the military department.
For some that expense was offset by wealth. The colonial times had beautifully adorned ladies in expensive garments. These were also passed down through two generations at least as well as the new fashions, many from overseas. Making new clothing among themselves could still be done with fine fabric. It was the homespun poor of both the north and south that suffered the most. Unless you see the 'fall from grace' as a worse tragedy to those in high places, compared to the lowly poor that worked and carved out the wilderness alone. It was nothing more than a step out there front door.
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Yankee Brooke

First Sergeant
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Joined
Jun 8, 2018
Location
PA
Correct me if I error, but did not the ladies wear more of a simple homespun dress during the war ? This was due to the lack of dress material of cotton which was to go into material for the troops as with uniforms and a sign of patriotism . I remember in" Gone with the Wind "when Scarlett took down the drapes to make a rather creative formal dress. To be true did not the women of the South have to be creative when dress material became so expensive and hard to find, courtesy of the Union blockade and cotton mills dedicated to the military department.
You could, in theory, make a dress out of anything, so long as you had enough material. Maybe that "Fancy" print dress was formerly the "good" tablecloth for when company was over...I know many men received shirts from home that were fashioned from a number of things. Tablecloths, bed sheets, drapes, you name it, it was probably used to clothe someone.
 

Mrs. V

2nd Lieutenant
Joined
May 5, 2017
What beautiful dresses. I admire them for getting dressed and participating in the reenactment in the summer heat. It makes one glad to be born in current times. Getting dressed would take half the day.
Naw..about 30 mins at the most. The more you do it the faster it gets. Corsett is the most difficult thing to do. And even then, I do my own lacing! It can be done, and I am sure during the war it was.
 
Joined
Dec 12, 2020
Naw..about 30 mins at the most. The more you do it the faster it gets. Corsett is the most difficult thing to do. And even then, I do my own lacing! It can be done, and I am sure during the war it was.
I was at a reenactment yesterday and I saw all that stuff displayed for sale. It's discouraging just looking at it. It appears that some women choose to just wear pants and help with artillery. That must be according to what the unit allows. That would be the job for me.
 

Yankee Brooke

First Sergeant
Forum Host
Joined
Jun 8, 2018
Location
PA
I was at a reenactment yesterday and I saw all that stuff displayed for sale. It's discouraging just looking at it. It appears that some women choose to just wear pants and help with artillery. That must be according to what the unit allows. That would be the job for me.
There's a reason I'm line infantry...just saying.
 
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