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Woman explains why it took so long to dress up in 1857 and the internet is stunned

A creator showcases the elaborate process of the way women dressed up in the 1850s and people can't believe it.

Woman explains why it took so long to dress up in 1857 and the internet is stunned
Cover Image Source: Instagram | @sewn.by.ellen

Fashion, like almost every other aspect of human culture, is highly dynamic. Our sense of fashion has undergone many changes over the years. Instagram influencer @sewn.by.ellen shared an interesting video about how women used to get dressed in 1857 and it's eye-opening. The video has gone viral with 5.3 million views and 133,524 likes on the social media platform.

Image Source: Instagram | @sewn.by.ellen
Image Source: Instagram | @sewn.by.ellen

The creator, based in Sweden, revealed in the caption that she had made a new 1850s dress and bonnet that she would showcase in the video. In addition to that, all of her previous versions of 1850s dresses were to be worn in the summer, so she wanted to do an outfit that could be used during winter. At the beginning of the video, we see her wearing a small white dress, which has two parts that she calls "shimmies" and "drawers" over which she puts on a corset. She says, "Next, we have my corset which creates the correct shape for that time." 

Image Source: Instagram | @sewn.by.ellen
Image Source: Instagram | @sewn.by.ellen

After this, she takes a steel frame that emulates the bottom of a skirt to be worn around her waist. The woman sits down with the frame on and showcases how it basically covered her legs even then. She adorns a white cloth over the frame and then wears the bottom part of her outfit, which is a green checkered cloth. Once she is done with this, she begins to put on arm sleeves covering her forearms and elbow. She proceeds to wear a coat of the same checkered pattern as her skirt and tops it off with a red hat.


 
 
 
 
 
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She mentioned in the caption how the bonnet was her favorite part of the entire outfit. The woman also added how it was her first time making a bonnet, which made her a bit nervous, but she was happy with the end result. People liked the outfit but were quick to point out how impractical it was to be worn all day. @lysienewman89 commented, "This is absolutely gorgeous! However, it looks like there would be a lot of work for when you have to use the bathroom!"

Image Source: TikTok | @littleredfashionhood
Image Source: TikTok | @littleredfashionhood

Talking about practical choices in fashion, a woman highlighted how one could pull off a sweater and leggings combo during the winter without feeling cold. The primary problem with sweaters these days is that most of them are cropped and end above the waist, which can make a lot of people feel cold during winter. Ali, who goes by @littleredfashionhood on TikTok, came across a revolutionary piece of clothing that was a button-down shirt that covered the waist and had an elastic waistband.

Image Source: TikTok | @littleredfashionhood
Image Source: TikTok | @littleredfashionhood

She explains how individuals could utilize the half-shirt and wear it below their sweater, effectively extending its length. People who managed to find a sweater that was thick could also use it as a mini-skirt, making it a versatile piece of clothing. In the video, she explains, "I found the greatest thing on Amazon to wear with all your sweaters that are too short, but you still want to wear leggings." She goes on about how people had no idea about this simple and effective solution, especially when most people had many sweaters that failed to extend below their waist.

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