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Co-op Class Fall 2018
Fashion has been important for as long as people have had clothes! Check out some of the changing fashions of the 1800s and learn about some of the events and ideas that precipitated changes in what we wore. We will read through a pattern written in 1840 and try our hand with period techniques.
This week: Intro to clothing in the 1800s
- For hundreds of years there was little change in clothing. That started to change in the late 17th century.
- The 19th century is a time of great change.
- There is a great deal of social change during this time (so many revolutions!) but there are also changes in manufacturing.
- Combine a change in society, ideas, clothing, politics and we get a rapid change in clothing.
Learn more! Look up 19th century underwear and see how it compares to our underwear today.
This week: Hand sewing
The workwoman’s guide, containing instructions in cutting out and completing articles of wearing apparel, by a lady (free ebook on google) – page 137 Shirts for the Labouring Classes & page 1 A Few General Observations on Needle-Work. We will read over the pattern and look at a shirt made using these directions. We will also try our hand at needle-work!
Learn more! Look up different types of stitches used to make clothing in the 19th century.
This week: 1800-1820 (French Revolution, Napoleon is Emperor of France, War of 1812)
Learn more! Find a video that shows a working cotton gin.
This week: 1820-1840 (first fashion magazines, Queen Victoria marries, the first photographs)
Learn more! Learn about Queen Victoria’s wedding. How are weddings similar today?
This week: 1840-1860 (the lock stitch sewing machine, Gold Rush, Women’s suffrage)
Learn more! When did women get the vote? Find out more about women’s suffrage.
This week: 1860-1880 (Charles Darwin, Civil War, Transcontinental Railroad)
Learn more! Find a video that shows how a sewing machine works.
This week: 1880-1900 (Art Noveau, Sigmund Freud, Spanish-American War)
Learn more! What are mourning clothes? Search for Victorian mourning clothes to see how clothing was used to honor the dead.