The 19th century was full of innovation, exploration and is one of the most popular eras for writing historical fiction. This blog is dedicated to tiny tidbits of information that will help make your novel seem more real to the time period.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
With these few images I'm including their descriptions.
No. 1—Is a French traveling-cloak, in two I which is tied in front. The front is plaited and is tied at the waist by a cord and tassel. The turned-down collar and cuffs are of the same material. The full skirt is attached to the centre of the back with a girdle or cord, which is tied in front. The ends of the girdle are knotted. Hat of felt, faced with velvet of the darker shade of the cloak. Standing loops of gros-grain ribbon, with flowers or ostrich-tips, for the trimming.
No. 2—Is a walking-dress, with jacket. The the most fashionable colors in plain material. The skirt of this dress in box-plaited all around. The front has a pointed tunic and the back is slightly draped, rather short, to display the underskirt. The waits of the dress may be round and belted or short basque. The jacket may be of cloth to match or of black. It is simply trimmed with black fox-fur. Hat of felt to match, trimmed with ostrich-tips. Eight to ten yards of double-folded material for dress, two and a half yards for jacket.
No. 3 Is a house-dress of black Henrietta-coth and moire. The under petticoat is of the moire, also the full vest. The over-dress is a straight polonaise, with revers on the bodice, under which, on the left side, the full vest fastens. At the waist, it is tied with moire ribbons. Cuffs and collars of the moire. Pocket on the right side–this is optional. Six yards of Henrietta-cloth and seven yards of moire will be required for this dress.
No. 4 Is a morning-robe, of plain and striped French flannels. The plastron and tableau, of the striped material, are button down the front. The trimming at each side consists of fan-shaped killings of the plain material. The sleeves correspond. One and three-quarters years of the stripe and from six to eight of the plain material will be required.