Getting Dressed in the 1830s

Getting Dressed in the 1830s


The 1830s shift, or chemise, was made in linen
or more usually cotton. The neckline was wide, and the sleeves short
to accommodate the latest fashions. Under-drawers were still not commonly worn,
but when the were they were of the open-leg sort, made from cotton, and fastened at the
back waist with laces or buttons. The finest stockings were made of silk and
had a decorative detail at the ankle to conceal the seam-join; this embroidered feature was
called �clocks�. Ribbon garters were tied beneath the knee
to hold the stockings in place and to ensure a smoothly contoured ankle. The stays were made from a stiff cotton fabric,
shaped by means of gores inserted at the bust and hips. They were stiffened and decorated with cording
and had a wood or metal busk at the centre-front, though some had a buttoned front opening for
ease of dressing. The stays were laced down the back to fit
and finished with hand-worked or metal eyelets. To protect the hand-worked eyelets from wear,
a tape might be wound through the eyelets down each side. To give the desired bell-shape of the skirts,
and to balance the wide sleeves, many petticoats were worn. Some would be starched and stiffened with
cording, which could extend from the hem up to hip-level. Full length petticoats were also worn, especially
over front-buttoning stays, in order to smooth the outline. A small three-flounced, ruffled bustle would
be added for a little extra lift at the back. The large fashionable ‘leg-of-mutton’ or ‘gigot’
sleeves required support to maintain the puff. This was achieved by adding down-filled, cotton
sleeve-puffs or plumpers, into the sleeve-head by pushing them through the armhole and tying
them into place. The waist was slightly above the natural waist,
and was either straight or finished with a slight point �a la Marie Stewart�. This gown has a wide pelerine collar attached,
but separate pelerine collars were also worn, often made from lace. The gowns were usually fastened at the back
by concealed hooks and eyes. Wide ribbon belts with ornate buckles at the
centre front completed the look. Shoes were usually flat with a squared toe
and were often tied with ribbons Jewellery, including earrings and necklaces,
suited the wide neckline. For a typical 1830s hairstyle, the sides of
the hair would be curled into ringlets while the back of the hair pulled up in to curls,
loops or braids. Hairstyles were often decorated elaborately
with flowers, ribbons, combs or pearls depending on the occasion. The fashion for absurdly wide puffed sleeves
was short lived. It came to epitomise the era of the reign
of King William IV and queen Adelaide of Great Britain which lasted from 1830 to 1837.

100 Replies to “Getting Dressed in the 1830s”

  1. I’m actually very interested in fashion history but I was wondering can you have a career in it. Personally I’m not very good at sewing and stuff like that but I love history.

  2. I wonder how many children fell asleep in church, on carriage rides, etc., with their wee heads sinking into those billowing sleeves?

  3. This was a bad silhouette. Ugh! It’s like the 1830’s were the equivalent of the 1980’s shoulder pads but on bath salts.

  4. I wish you all were able to crank videos out left and right, because I love this channel and the thought and passion that goes into each thing you do. Just absolutely beautiful work.

  5. I have loved every one of your programs that I have seen. I love the fact that you do voice over it makes it much easier to watch. Again excellent production excellent costuming. I cannot think of any greater praise.

  6. Great video.
    Would not want to try to manage a heavy period in that….period.
    Or pretty much any time before now.

  7. Remember the times, when women spent most of the day getting dressed . So they had no time to study, became a politician or even think about it ^^

  8. Все хорошо, только ходить барышня, как леди, не умеет. Шагает широким шагом, как мужик. Сразу видно, что не приучена к юбкам и платьям

  9. I love these videos. I’ve all things history, fashion is no exception. I was wondering, could you maybe do “get dressed in the 1860s.” ??? I’m kind of working on a novel and I thought it would be helpful? 😇😇thank u for making accurate and aesthetically pleasing videos :p

  10. After she wore the stay and petticoat , first thing that came to mind was :she already way overdressed for 21st century

  11. This reminds me Natalia Pushkina's portrait by Brullov. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalia_Pushkina#/media/File:Natalia_Pushkina_by_Brullov.jpg

  12. I feel like this video inspired me to read all the comments with a light posh English accent
    It makes me feel eccentric and well behaved 😂

  13. A few things I'm not so sure about; if anyone knows please comment!
    Corsets (no longer called stays!) were fully boned at this point, transitioning into the period of half-boned corsets, maybe. But definitely not just stiff fabric. It wasn't the 1500s. Or the 1930s. The laces at the back were also usually tied at the front, looped around the body.
    The shoes were also usually put on before the corset, because you couldn't bend enough to put them on after, but I guess with a maid that isn't an issue, so that's not exactly wrong, just not the common practice.
    Bustles really weren't popularly used until the 1860s/70s though apparently they did exist in the 30s. Mostly just petticoats were used to shape the skirts at this time.
    The vast majority of dresses had the skirt and bodice parts separate, as well as the separate pelarine collars, but the latter was at least addressed. The skirt tied on the same way as the petticoats, and the bodice had laces or hook-and-eye, as shown.
    Good job on doing the hair first though!

  14. How do you get a job acting with y’all?! I love your videos and to get to dress up? In historical outfits? I would die of happiness!

  15. The dress n its style was beautiful, but your model wallking thru the garden at the end, the way she was walking, loping along, (she had a lot of movement up n down, n if she didnt have the book im sure her arms would have been far swinging.) i thought people might have not moved in that way, more gently gliding along.

  16. Leg o’ mutton sleeves are the worst thing to happen to fashion since the dawn of time, and I’m including all that shit in the 70s

  17. Oh no what happens if you have to go no 1, or if you are having your period, I remember once per hour having to change the pad on certain days, omg what did they do, I am so glad to be born when I was, all of this is just too much.

  18. I would be interested to see a commoners version because mostly aristocrats had other people dress them and wore impractical clothing like that.

  19. I would love to see a historical get ready for the 1880s or commonfolk/poor folk at some point!
    I've been putting a lot of research into getting my character designs as well as costume designs for myself to look somewhat historically accurate and no matter what I search for I kind of keep finding myself on this or other informative YouTube channels.

    Thinking about it, more medieval content would also be really interesting to learn more about because of all the limited sources on the internet… I just can't seem to find much aside from videos on how to arm knights or stay hygienic/do makeup/dressing ladies during that time…

  20. Imagine you and your girl are trying to get it on but you gotta take off all of her 15 layers, and that takes 20 minutes then youre both tired.

  21. Everyone is talking about the giant sleeves but what about the 1700s royal fashion in spain and france
    Their hips did not lie

  22. Can you do a regency ball gown dress up next time? Or a jane austen version, just like your mary shelley one ☺️

  23. soooo many layers of clothes!!! the fabric may have been breathable but with all those layers it looks like it would be incredibly hot and constrictive!!

  24. This dress looks like one from the little mermaid Ariel get married in. Also the pink ball gown she wears is nearly the same.

  25. And I complain that it's too hot now… Dang I don't know who these women survived doing anything in all those clothes

  26. Amazing series. Thank you for sharing.
    However, it seems like all the videos are about middle or upper class. What were those workers wearing at that time, how can they move when working? How it related to the works that only women did at that time. It would be amazing to have a series dedicated to the lower class. Also to clarify which class is talked in this video.

  27. Are these sleeves comfortable to wear and who helped the maids get dressed ? . I love the petticoats and stays and the dress is so pretty

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