Did You Know?

A French baby name,
Means, Light, Illumination

Thomas Pink, the designer of 
the Red Riding Coat,
The coat's were then called 
Pink's  !!!

Wooden Bobbin's:

Lace makers in the eighteenth,nineteenth century Europe often inscribed, metal or wooden bobbins with declaration of love or the names and dates of important events, such as the birth of a child

Button's :

When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the wealthy.
Wealthy women were dressed by maids. Dressmakers put the buttons on the "maid's" Right (or left side of the garment) !  Since most people are right handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left and that's where they have remained  ever since!

"Dressed to the Nine's:

My mother and grandmother used this term many times while I was
growing up, for either a time when they were going out or if  I were
dressing for a special occasion. However I never quite knew what 9 had to
do with this. Years later after becoming a Civil War Reenactor  I finally understood the

In Victorian times women wore many layers, 9 or more, under their clothing
for modesty and to keep the outside layer clean from the underneath.  You could not
clean the outer layer as easily as you could the cotton, linen or silk  undergarments.
So......... to be correctly and properly dressed for society you wore 9 or more layers!

Hence the term "Dressed to the Nines"!

Today it is meant as a compliment ,  to mean, you are dressed "beautifully" or "the best" of the event you are attending!
I don't hear this phrase much anymore, although once in a while I do catch myself
saying it to my daughters or a friend.


Amelia Jenks Bloomer, women’s rights and temperance advocate, adopted Elizabeth Smith Millers , new dress reform  for women of the 1850′s.  Also know as Libby Miller, she was another fellow activist,  who believed in a change in the dress standards for women that would be less restrictive.  Millers  “Trousers” were gathered at the ankles, like the trousers women wore in the middle eastern countries.
Libby Miller’s cousin,  Elizabeth Cady Stanton, another well know women’s activist, visited and encouraged Bloomer who began to wear the costume and promote it enthusiastically.  Bloomer then published articles  about the new costume in her newspaper publication the “Lilly” where by promoting her praise at this new clothing revelation for women.
Articles began printing in the New York Tribune, as more and more women started wearing  what became to be called “The Bloomer Costume” or “Bloomers”.
Unfortunately due to much ridicule by the general public even on the streets of New York City, Bloomer relented the new fashion by 1859, commenting that a “new invention” the “crinoline” is a sufficient reform that she could now return to conventional dress.