This week will bring a new set of posts from one of our favorite historical sites, Colonial Williamsburg, in Williamsburg, VA.
As a sample of the kinds of things we see & learn there, and the up-close-and-personal photos we bring you, here's my very first 2NHG post, from 2009:
Finally, I got to unbutton a pair of breeches.
Susan and I entered the milliner’s shop in Colonial Williamsburg,
and there they were, spread out on the counter.
We were told we were welcome to touch, so I did.
case you were wondering, that “stockinette” you may have read about is
definitely stretchy--and thinner than you’d guess. These breeches are
18th century, a little before my writing time.
It was very interesting to learn that men of the Regency wore their
clothes much tighter. Tailors, we were told, were advised to cut the
material three inches narrower than the man’s measurements. So now I’m
picturing men in tights. (???)
1610 "Newes from Virginia" by Richard Rich
2 years ago