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PostSubject: Making an 18th Century Outfit   14/06/18, 10:57 am

I've decided to completely make a 1700s outfit just for fun as I reckon I can make it really cheaply.  It will probably end up costing less than one of the more expensive Filofaxes that I keep buying.  The stays may turn out crap though as they are really, really complicated to make.

Here is a 5 minute video of a working class woman in the 18th century getting dressed.  It would have been worn like this from early 1700s, until styles started to change in the regency period, 1811 - 1820, to the more slim line such as seen in Jane Austin books.




Instead of having a closed jacket they would sometimes wear the stomacher pinned to the front of the stays to hide them in front and an open jacket also pinned down the front sides to stop it flapping open.

The stomacher would end at a round point at the front and then the apron would have been placed under that.

Colour matching simply wasn't heard of, probably because the working class would get material second hand any which way they could, take them apart and refit.  Therefore petticoats, stays, jackets and over petticoats could be a mixture of all colours.

Red under petticoats/underskirts were often worn because it was thought that red staved off illnesses.
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PostSubject: Re: Making an 18th Century Outfit   17/06/18, 06:08 pm

OmG, can't see my self putting on all that ..... lol  Have fun making the out fit .
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PostSubject: Re: Making an 18th Century Outfit   18/06/18, 08:06 am

Good luck with it Sandy but I certainly wouldn't be modelling it.
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PostSubject: Re: Making an 18th Century Outfit   18/06/18, 09:57 am

Believe it or not, it was more comfortable that one might think.

All material was natural, such as linen, pure cotton, wool and silk, therefore a lot cooler to wear than our modern materials that contain polyester etc.  Yet warm in the winter.  They would add extra petticoats in cold weather.

The other thing is people, as I did, assume that stays were tied up very tight.  They weren't. Because of the tying up with ribbons, one could adjust the width of it all down the body.  Big boobs, tie the top looser.  same with the belly and the hips.  The bones of the stays created the shape to fit comfortably and adjustable around to suit you.

You would actually tie it up so the front ties were straight but the back would have the uneven tying up.

When we see films of women being tied up by a maid pulling it all tight, that is highly exagerated and didn't happen anyway until later in the century and also only then by the very rich that wanted to have very slim waists for their fancy outfits.

For a working woman I suppose the stays would feel no more uncomfortable to them than bra do to us.

It's going to take me a very long time to make a complete outfit as I will be doing it for pleasure/hobby and not rushing it as someone would for a special event plus of course I am not going to go out and spend a fortune on new material.

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PostSubject: Re: Making an 18th Century Outfit   19/06/18, 09:26 am

Doesn't sound as bad put like that although I think bras are an evil necessity too.
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PostSubject: Re: Making an 18th Century Outfit   19/06/18, 07:57 pm

I just look at all this in horror , OMG  , but I guess it used to be a lot worse then then this , just how did all these women dressed so heavily get pregnant with all the kids they  used to have ? lol red
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PostSubject: Re: Making an 18th Century Outfit   19/06/18, 09:37 pm

Hahaha.  The first thing I would have done was chuck away the stays, lol.

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PostSubject: Re: Making an 18th Century Outfit   20/06/18, 12:38 am

No way would you ever get me in one of these contraptions!

No such thing as getting dressed by yourself either hu! That would be another problem today hahaha. I am just envisioning myself running next door with all those ribbons waving in the air. And then do the same again at night ... nah thanks.

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PostSubject: Re: Making an 18th Century Outfit   20/06/18, 11:33 am

Oh my, that really had me chuckling as I also pictured you doing it as I was reading that.

You are all useless.  Can't even be bothered to put up with a little discomfort for fashion.  What's wrong with you all, lol.

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PostSubject: Re: Making an 18th Century Outfit   21/06/18, 10:18 am

Someone once said that fashion is so ugly we have to change it every year.
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PostSubject: Re: Making an 18th Century Outfit   24/06/18, 12:36 am

dance I just don't follow fashion at all. Whatever I can afford and whatever I fancy wearing is my fashion. The older I get, the more I go for comfort and ease of wearing and washing.

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