1800’s Fashions Summer Gowns

It used to be a normal thing for me to stay up nearly all night working on projects, but I think I may have crossed some midlife age line, telling me all-nighters are a thing of the past for me.  My oldest son and I spent the weekend in Arkansas, where we visited my middle son and they both attended a special college event, then we drove through the night to in order for him to get to his 8 am class this morning.  I’m glad I went, but I think it may take a few days for me to catch up on my sleep and get my brain to stop feeling foggy.

Anyway, since I haven’t been home to work on any new projects, I thought I’d share some pretty antique graphics instead.

Summer’s coming, and while many of us are cleaning out our closets to make room for summer clothing, I thought it would be fun to see what the ladies were wearing over 100 years ago.  These were summer gowns featured in a late 1800’s Harper’s Bazaar magazine.  Aren’t they beautiful?  I’m sure I wouldn’t want to wear dresses (and corsets) like these all the time, but wouldn’t it be fun to be able to wear one just for a day?

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Antique Graphics from Knick of Time

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  1. Angie, cute stuff. I agree, I don’t think I could trade my jeans and flip flops for all the layers those ladies had to wear. Still i think one day would be fun too.

  2. I couldn’t even successfully pull all-nighters in college. I have a very clear memory of popping a “no-doze” and promptly falling asleep.
    And, just to stay on theme, I think wearing a corset would just make me angry all the time.

  3. Such elegance and sophistication!

  4. Sondra McAnally says

    Thank you for these graphics…they are beautiful. Were they not so very Elegant in their dress and composure?
    Thank you for the Scripture. It is a favorite of mine…well actually , like my husband says, it’s is hard to pick out an actual favorite…I have so many!

  5. Such lovely images of a time gone by and never to come again…in a way, that might be a good thing because, like David, I think wearing a corset all of the time might make me mean…UGLY mean…hehe! But you have to admire the time and effort it must’ve took for them just to get ready in the morning! Angie, you are such an amazing Mom to go through all of that just to make your children happy…and I’ll bet it’s mightily appreciated on their end, too! Hopefully, these next few days will give you plenty of time and opportunity to catch up on some much-needed and well-deserved sleep!

  6. Marlene Stephenson says

    I am not sure i could paint and saw boards in dresses like that,i guess it is just what you get use to. Maybe it would be fun to spend just one day in them and see. Catch up on your sleep Angie and we will see you when you are rested.

  7. Beautiful dresses Angie … that tiny waist, oh my !!! Thanks for the graphics. Hope you have a safe trip home. Enjoy your time with the boys.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  8. The dresses are really amazing, but how could you move about in them–all that fabric! And it’s no wonder the ladies fainted and had to carry smelling salts with those corsets pulled so tightly they couldn’t breathe enough to take in sufficient oxygen! I don’t think I would want to wear either the dresses or the corsets for even a day. We are so lucky now to be able to be comfortable in our clothes–even our dressy clothing–compared to those poor gals. Like the others have said wearing those corsets would surely make me a very crabby person! It’s fun looking at them, though. Thanks for posting them. Hope you get caught up on your sleep. I never could do all-nighters.

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