Thursday, September 28, 2023
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Activity 8: Learn About mid-1800s Fashion

“My new fan just matches my flowers, my gloves fit to a charm, and the real lace on Aunt’s mouchoir gives an air to my whole dress. If I only had a classical nose and mouth I should be perfectly happy.”

Amy, Chapter 37, “New Impressions”


Learn about the fashions of the mid-1800s by using the resources below.

Once you’ve completed this activity, find the corresponding sticker from your sticker sheet and add it to your quilt. Email a photo of the finished quilt to by October 17 to be entered into a drawing for Little Women prizes.


Women’s Clothing at 1860

Fashion History 1860-1869

Fashion in the 1860s: Men’s and Women’s Dresses, Types of Outfits



Blockading the southern sea ports was an effective Union strategy. It was thought with few manufacturing sites in the south, they would soon surrender. However, Southern women took great pride in sacrificing for the war effort. They knitted shoes, and recycled soles from worn out uppers by placing them in warm water to make them more pliable, removed the old stitching, sewed them on to new knitted uppers, and decorated them with embroidered flowers.

Information from C&T Publishing

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