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Dressing like a Civil War Woman: The Order of Clothing

There can be a bit of confusion of all the various items one should wear when dressing as a 1860’s lady, and in what order all of these items belong. I have created a picture tutorial of what I humbly think (based on research and practicality) the order of events should be when dressing. Hope this helps!
Step One:
Put on stockings and garters.
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Step Two:
Put on chemise and corset. Lace up corset as tight as you can but make sure you still feel comfortable and can breathe normally.
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Step Three:
Do your hair. I find that this is the best point to create one’s hairstyle. This way you have the basic foundation of clothing on, yet you can still move fairly easily.
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Step Four:
Put on your pantaloons and tuck your chemise in. Some people but their pantaloons on underneath the corset…it is your choice.
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Step Five:
Put on a modesty petticoat. The modesty petticoat is not as long or as full as a regular petticoat and is designed to protect you should your hoopskirt go flying about! I find this piece to be rather annoying but needed. If you are going to be outside during the winter, I would make this petticoat out of quilted flannel for warmth.
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Step Six:
Put on your shoes and your hoopskirt…in that order…this way you can still reach your feet easily.
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Step Seven:
Put on your over petticoat.
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Step Eight:
Put on a corset cover if needed. If your gown is of light or see through material, a corset cover is a must!
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Step Nine:
Finally…put on your lovely dress of choice!
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P.S. This dress is the completed (well, almost completed) blue and white Day Dress. All that is needed is the front hook and eye closures down the front.

Step Ten:
Put on jewelry, accessories, and hat! Now you are ready to go out after these ten easy (ok…well maybe not easy) steps.
Oh and here is a close up of my new shoes!!! Love them!
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Hope this helps in your effort to put together the perfect Civil War outfit!!

3 Comments

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  2. Chloe' Mae says

    I love the shoes! Where did you get them? I am wanting to purchase a new pair of boots for the upcoming reenactments I will be attending.

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