Did You Know?

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 "saying".

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 notclean 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.