Under sleeves are 3/4 sleeves seperate from the gown sleeve. Practical as well as a decorative garment, they were worn under many different sleeve styles. Under sleeves served to protect the dress from being soiled and to cover forearms and wrists. They were constructed from a wide range of fabrics and could be plain, embroidered, or decorated with ribbon.
Snoods are decorative hair nets often worn during and after the Civil War era. Constructed from fine to heavy threads or even ribbon, snoods were worn to the back of the head. A special note - a wonan's hair was always properly coiffed prior to putting on a snood. It was used to control "fly aways" as well as decorative. I have seen photos of snoods decorated with ribbon with flowers added
Some aprons tied at the waist and others had "pinner" tops to protect a dress bodice. Work aprons were long and covered the majority of the dress. Typically, everyday aprons were not trimmed and could be constructed from plain or printed fabric. It was believed a fabric with a small print would hide stains better. Fancy aprons were often made from the same fabric as the dress, decorated and were much shorter. They did not cover the entire dress. Pinafore aprons are also availible.
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Chemises, Bloomers & Petticoats
Both are very necessary undergarment, especially for those who want the proper look or body shape for the time period. Bloomers are open t the back. Bloomers nad petticoats can be made to tie or button at the waist and can be very elaborately decorated or plain. While we think mostly of white undergarments, they were occasionally made from other print and colored fabrics. For winter it was not uncommon to see quilted petticoats.
A chemisette is a garment worn under a jacket or bodice. The advntage being it provides the look af a shirt while reducing the bulk of havig a full shirt on. It is basically a half shirt, or what we would call a dickey in our time. It was comonly worn under all different types of outfits such as side saddle habits and visiting dresses.
This shirt was very popular. Patterned after a man’s military uniform shirt, it was often elaborately trimmed or embroidered. If you look closely you will see it buttons from the left. This shirt can be made in many colors, fabrics and trims.
This frame was used in the same way a hoop was worn to achieve the desired body shaping during the bustle dress era. Despite how it looks it is very comfortable to wear and easy to sit in.
The first suitcase of old. Fabric and color depends on what is available. It has a leather button closure; an inside pocket and wooden handles.