Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dressing the American Civil War Lady to the "Nine's"


A demonstration on the porch of the Dressmaker Shop at our recent 
American Civil War Muster, 





Starting with the under pining's, Ellen and I are dressing our dress form,
Count the layer's with me................


1. Panteletts, Bloomers, or Pantaloon's, 2.  Chemise, 3. Corset, 



4. Modesty petticoat, 5. Corset cover,
If you are dressing in a "Day Dress", you may have a, 6. "Chemisett"  also,



7. Cage Crinoline, 8. Crinoline Petticoat, we put on just one crinoline petticoat, however
sometimes we put on 2 or 3, which would be the 9th or 10th layer !


Final layer the Ballgown,  number 10 or 11, 



How many layers of under pining's and final layer did you count?
Usually around 9 layers, and can be up to 20 pounds or more of weight,

Now you know where the Term "Dressing to the Nine's" comes from !
Also why these poor women fainted with a tight corset and so much weight on 
their bodies,

I haven't even touched on all  of the accouterments that go along with dressing for the 
occasion, such as, gloves, shawl, reticule, parasol, basket, bonnet, hat or day cap, 
I will save all the accessories for another post ! 



We have come a "long way baby" !



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Somewhere in Time, Here We Go Again !

Celebrating our 30th Anniversary of the Civil War Muster,
at the Jackson Michigan Cascades Park, August 22 and 23, 2014
Host Unit the 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Co. B



Behind the scenes, setting up the "Dressmaker Shop"






Facade finally up, now we can get in and arrange items for display,  










Last minute fitting for the Military Ball, 


Beautiful Customers to the shop, 


Sweet faces, trying on the latest fashion bonnet, 






Ellyn and I on the porch, 


Young ladies hand in hand enjoying the day, 

If you are interested in more info for this event just go here:



Meanwhile I need to get back to packing the car
Hope to see you there!

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