Best Historical Posts Around the Web – July 2014
There have been lots of great historical research posts around the web lately. Hope you take time to check these out as they are fascinating. We have posts on costume, laws, houses, perfume, writing implements, historic London places, medicinal drinks, royal weddings, women’s education.
Enjoy, Suzi Love http://www.blueroseromance.com http://www.historicalcostume.wordpress.comhttp://www.madamegilflurt.com http://www.bbc.co.ukhttp://www.pastonpaper.com http://www.folliespast.blogspot.ca http://www.totalpolitics.com
http://www2.odl.ox.ac.uk, http://www.janeausten.co.uk, http://www.wordwenches.typepad.com, http://www.main.thebeaumonde.com/blog, http://www.londonhistorians.wordpress.com, http://www.graceeliott-author.blogspot.co.uk, http://www.onelondon.com, www.catsmeatshop.blogspot.com, www.twonerdyhistorygirls.blogspot.com.au, http://www.publishersweekly.com, http://www.coraleeauthor.wordpress.com, http://www.regencyhistory.net, http://www.jbailey.wordpress.com, http://www.embracingromance.com,
http://www.novelsbykatherinepym.blogspot.com.au, http://www.patrickbaty.co.uk, http://www.pastonpaper.com, http://www.riskyregencies.com, http://www.2romance2.blogspot.com, http://www.totalpolitics.com, http://www.folliespast.blogspot.ca, http://www.historicalhearts.blogspot.com.au, http://www.bbc.co.uk, http://www.madamegilflurt.com,
Historical Research Posts
From Around the Web
End of June
Including ‘Inexpressibles’, Duchess of Devonshire, Vauxhall Gardens, capitalisation of historical words, Victorian Parlor Games, disabled workers in the past, the madness of George III, a Georgian club for men, the season, Waterloo rings, Birmingham’s gun district, French fashion, life of the Gentry, etc.
CHATELAINES BY SUZI LOVE
Reblogged from Historical Hearts
- The word Chatelaine is French and means the keeper of the keys
- Chatelaine” derives from the Latin word for castle
- In Medieval times, the chatelaine was in charge of the day-to-day running of the castle.
What did a chatelaine do?
- Most important task was keeper of the keys.
- Also ordered supplies, did bookkeeping, supervised servants, taught castle children, and organized guests.
What were chatelaines used for?
- Castle keepers needed keys safe, yet easily accessible.
- By 1700′s, a metal jeweled ornament hung from pockets, attached to belts, or by hooks into skirt waistbands
- During 1800′s, women wore large collections of tools hung from chains
- Young girls sewed and did needlework and needed to carry sewing notions eg scissors, thimbles
- Worn by women of all classes, from workers to nobility
- Varied depending on class and finances.
- Made of silver, brass, steel, leather, or fabric
- During 19th century, fashionable dresses often had no waist and nowhere to hang chatelaines
- Chatelaines became decorative brooches
- Often given as a wedding present from a husband to bride
- Later became fashion accessories
Fashion for Women 1820s by Suzi Love
Romantic Era Women’s Fashion 1820 – 1829
The 1820s was the beginning of the Romantic era and a time when women’s clothing changed from the simplistic lines and colors of the Regency era and became more structured, complex, and colorful.
Waists began to drop from Empire lines towards a more natural waistline, skirts became fuller, and sometimes belts were added. Skirts were either A-shaped or gored with wider hems. Pelisses and spencer jackets were still worn for warmth.
Features of women’s dresses were horizontal hem embellishments, wide lapels, a large range of printed fabrics, colorful gowns and accessories, and three dimensional trimmings. Gowns were ornamented with neck ruffs, slashing to show fabric underneath, and a variety of sleeve styles, including medieval, and gigot or leg-of-mutton sleeves.
Some gowns had a pad at the center of the back which gave a beautiful line to the back and a skirt which floated down from a high waist. Flounces and padding were also added to the bottom of skirts to add weight to thin and soft silk dresses and to create another sort of beautiful skirt line.
Fans were revived and well and truly entrenched during this period and added the romanticism of women’s outfits. Fanciful clothing was enhanced with parasols, shawls, frivolous hats, and pretty reticules.
Places to read about the 1820s Fashion for Women:-
Regency Women’s Fashions by Suzi Love
Who loves Regency Fashion? Everyone?
Of course we do, because these fashions are elegant and pretty and sometimes afford a gentleman a tiny glimpse of a well-turned ankle. Though to me that sounds like the lady has sprained her ankle rather than looking fashionably slim.
Empire style gowns, named after Napoleon’s first Empress, became popular at the turn of the century and were high waisted with skirts gathered under the bust. Fabrics were thinner, sometimes almost transparent, so outerwear became thicker and more practical eg Redingotes and half cloaks and accessories such as oversized fur muffs became popular.
Colors became more popular in the early 1800s, replacing the basic white clothing worn around 1800 when fashions were Greek styled. Women embraced the chance to show individuality. Bonnets grew higher, with lace, ribbons, and often plumed, and were made to match gowns and cloaks which meant that fashionable women were taking the time to put together complete ensembles from shoes, to gloves and hats.