Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Civil War Fashions - Engravings from 1864 Ladies Friend Magazine

I have a group of loose sheets from the Ladies Friend Magazine. There are beautiful engravings of then current fashions with trims, hats, embroidery and even hair styles. There are also a few sheets showing music and those have dates of 1864-5. So these are what was being worn during the Civil War.
I am always amazed at the detail and effort what went into clothing. Just consider the trimmings alone, and the large amounts that would be needed. Even of a simple line of crochet had to trim a huge skirt. And so much done by hand. Including everything being washed by hand. Hard to believe.

I have quite a few of these pages so I'll post them over several days. I hope any readers with more knowledge about clothing from this era teach us more.
Take a moment to see all the details. Right click on the image and choose "Open in New Window". Then, to see even closer click once more. (Close that window to return)

For more information about Mantles check here and a Paletot here.


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    1. You made my day! And back at 'cha, I love your blog too. :-)