giovedì 11 gennaio 2018

HISTORY OF FASHION ~ CIVIL WAR FASHION ~ Patterns to sew or knitt Winter Caps with scarfs and Hoods.


We can just imagine how long and how cold those Winters were, of that cold that freez the heart and the soul, 
for the thought given by having some loved ones to the front to fight
... brothers, against each other ...



I am thinking of the Winters of the years that embraced the period of time during which the American Civil War lasted (1861-1865), when only women, children and the elderly who could no longer be useful for their country remained at home.

During those years it almost seemed as if even the women's magazines had committed themselves to giving life to a style trend in clothing that included a lot of knitting and crochet, as well as sewing.

As I have already told you HERE it was a very special fashion, with rich clothes in bright fantasies, because the absence of commercial exchanges with the Old Continent and the scarce economic means of almost all the families, often led ladies to use pieces of tablecloths or curtain fabrics for their dresses (Plaid dresses) ... and only the wealthiest could continue to keep a seamstress at their service .... many wealthy ladies learned to sew for themselves, under the guidance of the patterns and instructions provided by the models offered by magazines for women's and for the family.








And rediscovering the art of embroidery, knitting, crochet, they rediscovered the values linked to socializing moments, such as the joy of being together, of telling anecdotes, of learning to listen, since when women worked they were never alone, they used to meet in the afternoon or after dinner, now in one's house, now in the house of the other, to spend together those moments when the main urgency was to overcome the anxiety and pray for the good of their husbands and sons who were fighting a war that, like many, indeed, almost all, we could say, was based on principles that escaped logic and even more, any kind of sentiment.





The Quilting Bee by Morgan Weistling



The ladies of the time rediscovered the love for the work done with their own hands, not only for clothings, but also for what concerned the furnishings of their homes so as to quilt together patchwork blankets, curtains, carpets with which to cover tables, pillow covers and more!


But that of VICTORIAN QUILTING is another story ... I'm going to tell it to you with so much love another time, my dear friends and readers ...



Thanks again for having followed me up to here
and may your week be filled with joy and fulfillment



see you soon 💕












Possiamo solamente immaginare quanto furono lunghi quegli inverni e quanto furono freddi, di quel freddo che raggela il cuore e l'anima, per il pensiero dato dall'avere i propri cari al fronte per combattere 
... fratelli, uno contro l'altro ...



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Sto pensando agli inverni degli anni che abbracciarono l'arco di tempo entro il quale durò la Guerra di Secessione Americana (1861-1865), quando a casa rimasero solamente le donne, i bambini e gli anziani che non potevano più essere utili alla patria.

In  quegli anni sembrò quasi che persino le riviste femminili si fossero impegnate a dar vita ad una tendenza di stile in fatto di abbigliamento che prevedeva molto lavoro a maglia e all'uncinetto, oltre che cucito.
Come ho già avuto modo di raccontarvi QUI era una moda del tutto particolare, con ricchi abiti in fantasie sgargianti, poiché l'assenza di scambi commerciali con l'Europa e gli scarsi mezzi economici delle famiglie inducevano spesso le ladies ad utilizzare pezze di stoffa ricavate da tovagliati o da tessuti per tende (Plaid dresses) ... e solamente le più facoltose poterono continuare a mantenersi una sarta al proprio servizio .... molte ladies abbienti impararono a cucire per sé, sotto la guida appunto degli schemi e delle istruzioni fornite dai modelli offerti delle riviste femminili e per la famiglia.



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E riscoprendo l'arte del ricamo, del lavoro a maglia, dell'uncinetto, andarono riscoprendosi i valori legati ai momenti conviviali, quali quello della gioia dello stare insieme, del raccontarsi aneddoti, del saper ascoltare, poiché quando lavoravano le ladies non erano mai sole, o si riunivano durante il pomeriggio o dopo cena, ora in casa di una, ora in casa dell'altra, per trascorrere insieme quei momenti in cui l'urgenza principale era quella di ottemperare l'ansia e pregare per il bene dei mariti e dei figli che stavano combattendo una guerra che, come molte, anzi, quasi tutte, potremmo dire, si basava su principi che sfuggivano alla logica ed ancor più al sentimento.



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- immagine 11 - The Quilting Bee by Morgan Weistling



Le ladies del tempo riscoprirono l'amore per il lavoro fatto con le proprie mani, non solo per l''abbigliamento, ma anche per ciò che riguardava l'arredamento delle loro dimore tanto da confezionare insieme coperte patchwork, tendoni, tappeti con cui coprire i tavoli, copricuscini ed altro ancora !

Ma quella del VICTORIAN QUILTING è un'altra storia ... ve la racconterò con tanto amore un'altra volta, miei carissimi amici e lettori ...




Grazie ancora per avermi seguita fino a qui 
e che la vostra settimana sia colma di letizia e di soddisfazioni


a presto 💕








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62 commenti:

  1. Back then only the very rich could afford fine clothing. Unlike today. Most of us common folks would be making our own clothes. Lovely post.

    Have a fabulous day, Dany. ♥

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    1. @ Sandee
      Dearest One, thank you for your words of appreciation and for being so supportive !

      Wishing a fabolous day to you too,
      sending blessings of joy on your way ಌ•❤•ಌ

      Elimina
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    1. @ Krishna
      I'm sincerely glad to read that you enjoyed it, thank you, sweet friend of mine !

      May your day and your weekend ahead
      be as Beautiful as you ♡ஐ♡

      Elimina
  3. While i've tried to learn to sew, i've never gotten very far. If i'd lived then, i would have had to learn no matter what.

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    1. @ messymimi
      during the Victorian age, every women was so skilled in every kind of crafting, especially as for handworks, so you too would for sure became a very capable in sewing :)!

      Sending my dearest love to you,
      dearest friend,
      with utmost gratitude ❀≼♥≽❀

      Elimina
  4. Basics haven't changed much but we sure have changed the way we make things. Interesting stuff here!!

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ bettyi-NZ
      your words fill my heart and bless my day, they truly mean so much to me, thank you Dearie !

      Always thinking of you with gratitude,
      I'm sending hugs and ever much love to you ❥

      Elimina
  5. A very Happy New Year to you Daniela. Beautiful post. Love Sujatha:)

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    1. @ Crystal Grandeur
      may your New Year too be filled with so many things which to be glad for, Dearest friend, thank you !!!

      ⊰♥⊱ MUCH LOVE ⊰♥⊱

      Elimina
  6. Bellissimo post, meravigliose immagini!
    Eh sì, hanno
    dato quel soffio di creatività femminile.. perchè la donna conosce l'arte gentile di decorare, di ricamare e di realizzare eleganti creazioni, grazie alla loro geniale inventiva....
    Grazie cara Daniela e l'augurio di una serena e felice continuazione 2018
    Con immutata stima ti mando un caro saluto
    Ciao da Luci@

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    1. @ Luci@
      carissima, è sempre una tale gioia per me averti qui, ogni qualvolta vieni a farmi visita porti una ventata di gioia pura e di gentilezza, la dolcezza del tuo cuore abbellisce ~ My little old world ~!

      Ti abbraccio forte come non mai contraccambiando gli auguri per il Nuovo Anno e ringraziandoti come sempre,
      non immagini quanto tu sia importante per me •♥✿ڿڰۣ✿♥•

      Elimina
  7. Leggendo il tuo post , mi sono accorta di creare con le mie mani con la stessa passione di quei tempi lontani; sarò fuori moda , ma penso che , oltre alle nuove tecnologie , l'ora settimanale di "applicazioni tecniche ed economia domestica per ragazze" nella scuola d'oggi, donerebbe una sfumatura di dolcezza creativa che rafforzerebbe le relazioni umane .
    Un saluto colmo d'affetto,
    Franca

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    1. @ Franca
      mia cara, non credo proprio che esista una moda quando si tratta di dar vita con amore a qualcosa di prezioso ... i manufatti non hanno tempo, parlano sempre di chi li ha creati e della passione con cui sono nati !

      Grazie infinite per le tue parole di apprezzamento sempre intrise di bontà e delicatezza d'animo,
      non è comune al giorno d'oggi incontrare persone come te ... perciò mi sento privilegiata ♡❤♡

      Elimina
  8. Questo racconto racchiude tutta la passione e devozione del lavoro fatto a mano. Quanto erano belli quei lontani tempi in cui ci si riuniva a condividere tali momenti creativi ed emotivi
    Bacioni

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    1. @ Alessandra
      ed ecco in te una persona del tutto simile come animo e come temperamento a Franca, entrambe persone uniche e rare che sono davvero grata di avere qui al mio fianco !

      Ti invio un fortissimo abbraccio,
      che possa scaldarti in questa fredda giornata d'inverno,
      dolcissima amica mia ⊰✽*✽⊱

      Elimina
  9. Che bello, carissima Dany, riprendere con questo inizio d'anno le vecchie e sane abitudini di letture piacevoli e così ricche di preziosi dettagli ed informazioni.
    Poi, come ho già avuto modo di dirti, per una che ha avuto i genitori con una cappelleria Borsalino per ben 60 anni...questa è vera musica per le mie orecchie e luce per gli occhi ;)
    Ancora tanti auguri di buon anno, cara amica mia
    Susanna

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    1. @ Susanna
      anche tu, preziosa amica mia, così tanto cara e delicata .... ti ho riportata indietro nel tempo, immmagino, con piacere e gioia, sono queste le cose che mi rendono davvero felice :)!

      Un grande bacio per augurarti un lieto prosieguo di settimana,
      con immutata gratitudine ♥♡♥

      Elimina
  10. Each of these is so beautiful, Dany!
    I would like to try to find patterns for something similar.
    As always, it is such a pleasure to visit with you here.
    Have a wonderful weekend, sweet friend.
    Sending you hugs from across the ocean.
    xo.

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    1. @ Lisa Gordon
      I'm so, so glad you loved it and found it inspiring !

      Wishing you a most lovely day, today,
      and wonderful days to come,
      with sincere gratitude ღ❀ღ

      Elimina
  11. My husband and I were just talking about this the other evening when it was so cold here, how hard it must have been back years ago when people had to try and keep warm on cold winter evenings, and they must have seemed so long waiting for spring to come. Seeing all those women sitting around socializing while they are sewing makes me want to start up my craft nights again in my home. I did it for a little while but then so many women had to work in the evenings and another was pregnant and was so tired after work so I just quit having them, maybe something I will have to start up again in the spring.
    Hope you are well and enjoying a nice weekend!

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ Conniecrafter
      oh, I so love crafting after dinner ... I've never tried doing it with some other women or friends, but I think it really warms one's heart !

      Thanking you heratily for being always so supportive and adorable,
      sweetest friend of mine,
      I'm sending blessings on your way *•♥♥•*

      Elimina
  12. E come sempre Dany, non posso che rimanere stupita da quanto si impara dai tuoi post!
    Un abbraccio e abuon pomeriggio.

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ Manu
      carissima, ti abbraccio così forte, le tue parole mi vanno dritte dritte al cuore !

      E che il prosieguo della tua settimana
      possa donarti tanti sorrisi ✿*✿

      Elimina
  13. Most interesting part of history. However, some of the styles are good today.

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ LV
      you're always so heartily welcome, Dearie, I hug you with such a deep joy !

      Thanking you for popping by ~ My little old world ~ and for commenting,
      - your words of appreciation bless my heart -
      I'm sending my dearest love to you •♥•♥•♥•

      Elimina
  14. I always love reading your historical pieces, so very interesting! My favorite is the hooded cape with the celtic symbol on it. Thank for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

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    1. @ Kathleen
      you cannot even imagine the gladness you fill my heart with with your so lovely presence here and your nice words, God bless !

      May your day be filled with love ❥

      Elimina
  15. It would have been so important for the women to get together during wartime, to support each other through such uncertain times. All of those pages are so very interesting to look at.
    Have a lovely week,
    Andrea

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    1. @ Andrea
      for sure it was, I think even much more than what they created with their hands ... in such hard and sad times I'm far sure that a lot of support came from those gatherings !

      Sending blessings on the remainder of your week,
      may it be as lovely as you, Dearie ✿⊱╮

      Elimina
  16. You would have thought they would look happy working together not all miserable like they are in the photos. Nice piece of fashion history

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    1. @ Bill Nicholls
      you're so right, my friend, probably in those moments, their concerns and pains were faded away by the joy of staying together ... thank you for appreciating this article of mine, it means so much to me !

      Wishing you a lovely day,
      I'm sending hugs and more hugs to you ♡ஐ♡

      Elimina
  17. It was nice to see the older scarfs used by the women. Now a days also we use the same hing, but little bit modified one and colorful. The original print is the older one...

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    1. @ Jene
      you're so heartily welcome, new friend of mine !
      Actually these are all original prints, drawn from the 'Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine' :)

      Sending my warmest hug to you,
      with sincere thankfulness ❀≼♥≽❀

      Elimina
  18. You always share such interesting and informative photos. such a treat! thanks

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ Judee Algazi
      it is I who thank you, dearest friend, from the bottom of my heart !

      Enjoy your day with gladness ಌ•❤•ಌ

      Elimina
  19. Very interesting article. When I was a child buying fabric to make our clothes was actually cheaper for my Mom. Today fabric and the items to make clothes are more expensive than what you can get at Walmart and the Target so my Mom likely wouldn't be making our clothes today.

    She still does knit hats and mittens for the great grandkids as yarn is affordable and it keeps her hands busy.

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ Sheltie Times
      I welcome you with a big hug and thank you for your words of appreciation!
      It's really interesting to read your comment and know that your mother is one of the few people still knitting today, her work is truly precious !

      Sending all my best to you •♥✿ڿڰۣ✿♥•

      Elimina
  20. I wonder how warm that rigolette is! I'll tell you, it would need to be very warm for our cold winters -- and if the ones in Civil War era are anything like now, Brrrrr!

    Thanks for another interesting and very informative post, Dany! I always learn something here!

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    1. @ Jeanie
      you know, wonderful friend of mine, how precious your presence here is, you're as bright as a ray of sun, thank you for being so important to me !

      Blessings of joy are sent on your way today ♥♡♥

      Elimina
  21. A lovely post - interesting to see the styles of that time. Such a tragic time and I can imagine that the women took comfort in being together while they worked. I love how detailed these needle-works are. Wishing you a lovely week. xx Karen

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    1. @ Karen
      thank you for gracing my blog today, cherished friend of mine !

      Wishing you too lovely days to come,
      with utmost gratitude for your words
      of enjoyment and appreciation ∗༺♡❀♡༻∗

      Elimina
  22. Hi Dany! We need these fashionable wears for winter! Interesting and fun post.

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    1. @ Snap
      thank you for your so nice and kind words, dearest friend !!!

      Wishing you a lovely remainder of your Winter,
      take care ❥

      Elimina
  23. So interesting. I especially loved the photos of the women crafting together, so much solidarity there.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. @ Amalia
      Dear, I think that the shots you mention are so precious and so meaningful to express much more sentiment than we can ever tell with our language, I heartily thank you for appreciating them!

      With sincere gratitude for the kindness of your heart,
      I'm sending all my love to you ♡❤♡

      Elimina
  24. I loved how the women would work in circles and create something beautiful! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. @ Jann
      it is I, Dearie, who am so grateful to you, both for your so lovely presence here and for your beautiful words of appreciation, you're such a delightsome hostess!

      Wishing you a most lovely Sunday and new week ahead,
      sending gratitude hugs on your way ✿⊱╮

      Elimina
  25. Hello dearest Dany, how wonderful to see you joining Simply Neutrals again, thank you dear friend! I loved reading your story about the women gathering to make their own clothing and such. What a time of anxiety it must have been for these women, with their husbands in war. Making beauty with your own hands is a soothing passtime, I hope it gave them some solace. Their "hoodies" are way more fashionable and beautiful than the ones we wear today :) Wishing you a love filled and sunny day, Dany. Big hugs xx

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    1. @ Wen Sylvestre
      to join your party again is my pleasure and delight, believe me, Dearest One, and, as for those poor women gathering during such sad days of the American History, I think it was so important to them to be together, even much more than their work itself, I think it was essntial to them to feel linked by something they had in common, even if it was something which didn't bring happiness, but I'm sure they comforted their own poor hearts finding distractions and dicovering solidarity!

      May your weekend ahead be as Beautiful as you,
      sweet friend of mine,
      it's such a joy to me to have you here again,
      ❖~ thank you ~❖

      Elimina
  26. ...my how styles have changed over the years. I enjoy my visits to our local living history museum where folks dress in the clothing of the 1800s. Thanks Dany for sharing this lovely post today, take care and stop back when you can.

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    1. @ Tom
      dear friend, your so lovely words of appreciation for ancient times bless my heart, I thank you with so much joy!

      Enjoy your day with gladness,
      sending hugs and more hugs to you ♡ஐ♡

      Elimina
  27. Dany, practical winter attire. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. @ DougPhoto2009
      it is I who thank you, and do it heartily, my friend !

      May your day be filled with smiles ಌ•❤•ಌ

      Elimina
  28. What a wonderful post! I loved seeing all the period head-coverings! beautiful patterns and illustrations! Loved the groups of women around in a circle, sharing while they worked. It was a rich, sad and lovely period of our time!

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    1. @ A Colorful World
      you're right, that was a sad time in your History, but I think that the solidarity which characterizes your nature was born just during those days, starting from women staying at home praying for their beloved which were fighting .. I think that nothing happens by chance ...

      Thank you heartily both for finding the time to visit and commenting with such nice words,
      I'm sending blessings of joy across the many miles ♥∗✿*✿∗♥

      Elimina
  29. Makes me think of a scene from the Carol Burnett show...they were doing a Gone With The Wind skit and she made a dress with the curtains....such a funny show!

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    1. @ Tanya Breese
      thank you for your comment sweet friend, your comments are all so precious to me and you mention a show I don't know at all, thank you for this too!

      Sending my dearest hug to you,
      with sincere gratitude ❥

      Elimina
  30. Gorgeous old clothing. A reminder of what we miss out when skills like quilting and sewing together aren't in our lives...
    Hugs,
    Jesse

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    1. @ Jess,
      thank you for appreciating such times and what they ment, my friend, God bless!

      Gratitude hugs are sent to you,
      I'm so, so glad to follow you now •♥•♥•♥•

      Elimina
  31. I so enjoy seeing the ladies clothing from that time however would not have wanted to live during those years unless I was very rich

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    1. @ Curtains in My Tree
      for sure they were still hard times for so many reasons, today our life is much easier thanks to the progress in so many fields ...

      Thanking you wholeheartedly for taking the time both for visiting and for commenting,
      I'm wishing you a remainder of your week as Beautiful as you,
      Dearest Janice ∗⊱༺♡❀♡༻⊰∗

      Elimina

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