silk lace flounces under bands of ruching" I tend to get lost in it.
With the help of the glossary each word makes sense, but they are so unfamiliar that together they rush together into a jumble.
Despite my absolute fashion stupidity, I'll try to point out a few main trends in adult fashions here. 1840's Women's fashions consisted of floor length dresses with bell-shaped skirts over many layers of thick petticoats, and very constrictive corset, giving a flattened and upward spreading bustline.
Sleeves tended to be narrow, the bodice long and tight, and almost always closing in the back.
Is it possible to determine whether a photograph was taken in the last years of the nineteenth century or the first few years of the twentieth century? Dating a photograph requires you to use your best genealogical research techniques, but it can be done.
Even the most seasoned family historian will run into this headscratcher from time to time as Victorian fashions throughout the time period can look very similar to the untrained eye. Every fashionable gentleman could be seen wearing narrowly tailored sack suits during the 1870s.
A number of new women's styles made their way into the fashion world during the 1860s.
The decade was particularly marked by a change in the shape of women's skirts, both in the use of gored skirt and in the addition of the oval hoop.
Early 1860s skirts were still quite full and ample, seen in the image on the left.
They were often gored (sewn together with separate bolts of fabric, rather than one large, pleated piece) to throw them out at the bottom.