The History of Old-Fashioned Bloomers
the name Bloomers?
The term bloomers derives it's name from Amelia Bloomer.
Amelia was prompted to wear clothing that would adhere to the
period's modest fashions, but would also allow her to comfortably
pursue her latest passion: Bicycling!
ladies fashions of the time were cumbersome, at best, and included
great trailing skirts, a tightly laced whalebone corset, and about
six feet of straggling skirts. These styles were hardly suited
for active pursuits...let alone bicycling.
Amelia had become a very successful crusader through articles
she wrote and published in The Lily, a publication
that she owned and edited. It wasnt only style that Amelia
attack, but she published articles promoting womens rights,
temperance, and child labor laws, and through her newspaper, she
evidently managed to provoke nationwide controversy.
researching the specific style that Amelia concocted, one will
be left guessing. Some say that the pant-style garment was blousy
ending at the ankles with a button closure that held snugly around
the ankle, and worn with a mid-calf length skirt, while others
picture it as mens pants.
can imagine that there was a specific style of garment that could
be called bloomers during that time, but history has
managed to obscure the name bloomer with many styles. Pantaloons,
drawers, knickers, and in the U.K., knickers are referred to as
many styles of womans underwear.
should you consider adding Bloomers to your wardrobe?
on the town or party wear. On the web-site there is photograph
of a pair of below-the-knee bloomers fashioned from black velvet.
Wear them with a black top, long black boots. They'll keep your
make wonderful pajamas and sleepwear. The comfort of "sweats"
combined with the fanciful uniqueness of renaissance clothing
makes Bloomers a wonderful choice.
Particularly exciting to some when worn with corsets,
and stockings. Brides: Wear white bloomers with blue ribbon under
your lace wedding gown. The blue ribbon fulfills the something
blue in the something borrowed, something blue."
There are some that view bloomers as uniquely feminine.
In and out of the beach and want to cover the "real you?"
Try a pair of bloomers. They can be thin, made of lace material,
or of light-weight cotton. Beats those towels that some girls
on Wearing Bloomers
Bloomers should only be worn with a-line or full skirts. (Ruffles
may causebloomerlines like panty lines when worn with
narrow skirts, whether the bloomers or skirts are long or short.)
Of course, no skirt at all can be worn if the garment is thick
enough to wear to a party or as club wear.
All bloomer enthusiasts must make clear to those they share their
fascination, that the bloomer person is interested in bloomers
as an adult who has attraction to bloomers as an adult garment, as
one who appreciates bloomers worn with erotic garments such as
corsets. Many adults who wear bloomers as a fashion statement,
have been misunderstood as "adult babies," and visa-versa.
Just a hint to anyone who questions the bloomer wearer usually
suffices in situations like this.
your bloomers with wild abandon. Have fun! Yes, there are novelty
bloomers that are just plain fun to wear.
My Bloomers !
We offer custom sewn under-garments, bloomers,
antique pantaloons, chemise shirts, knickers, pantelettes and
much more all at affordable prices!
We want to be sensitive to your budget as well as to your tastes.
You will find our low prices for "Standard Bloomers"
allows you to obtain a quality sewn pair for the price you would
spend a regular pair of pants at the store.
Bloomers, knickers, pantaloons and/or pantelets are a wardrobe
staple for those living a modest conservative lifestyle. For this
reason my Standard Knee length Bloomers are my personal choice.
Bloomers can become a fun addition to anyone's wardrobe. Fancy
for going out. Easy and comfortable for housework, hanging out
and even sleeping. These items also make a neat and unusual gift
for your loved ones! Students find these are great to study in,
much cooler than sweat pants.
All my items are available for children!
Buy My Bloomers?
All items are hand-made personally by me because
of my love of bloomers.
I double stitch every seam and even triple stitch in some spots
where extra security might be needed. I want each and every person
to be satisfied and happy with every item they receive from me.
I will do everything necessary to make that happen.
did I decide to have a web site you might ask yourself?
it all started out because I wanted Bloomers / Pantaloons, Knickers
for myself that were cute. (not that others are not, mind you)
yet reasonably priced.... it's that simple and I wanted to show
the World my creations!
So come on in, take a look around and feel free to contact
me if you have any questions.
Great Moments in Bloomer History
first flags sent to the army of the Confederacy were presented
to the troops by General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard in
person, he then expressing the hope and confidence that they would
become the emblem of honor and of victory.
first flags he received were made from "ladies' dresses"
(and their pink bloomers) by socialites Miss Jenny & Hetty
Cary, of Baltimore and Alexandria, Virginia, at their residences
and the residences of friends, as soon as they could get a description
of the design adopted. One of the Misses Carey, (most probably
Jenny) sent the flag she made to General Beauregard. Her sister
presented hers to General Van Dorn, who was then at Fairfax Court
House. Miss Constance Carey, of Alexandria, sent hers to General
Joseph E. Johnston. General Beauregard sent the flag he received
at once to New Orleans for safe keeping. After the fall of New
Orleans, Mrs. Beauregard sent the flag by a Spanish man-of-war,
then lying in the river opposite New Orleans, to Cuba, where it
remained till the close of the war, when it was returned to General
Beauregard, who presented it for safe keeping to the Washington
Artillery, of New Orleans.
Company - Washington Artillery's first flag was given to them
just before the battle of Shiloh by Colonel Walton. Colonel Walton,
as it is told, was returning to New Orleans from Virginia to help
with recruiting when he found out that 5th Company had moved up
to Tennessee at General Beauregard's request, for General Beauregard
had said, "The best place for the men of Louisiana to defend
Louisiana is in Tennessee."
Walton was returning with a flag recently adopted by the Army
of Northern Virginia as its battle flag. That pattern had been
General Beauregard's inspired idea after the Battle of Manassas,
and was designed by Porcher Miles who submitted it to the Confederate
Congress for approval as it’s the National flag.
The Confederate Congress rejected it in favor of the one we all
know and love - the Stars and Bars - saying that General Beauregard's
battle flag design looked like suspenders.
his post-War Memoirs, General Beauregard gave Colonel Walton credit
for assisting in the design of the battle flag. The flag that
Colonel Walton carried had been given to him by General Beauregard,
one of the first Army of Northern Virginia pattern battle flags
made by the ladies of Richmond, Virginia. The flag was adopted
by 5th Company, and was used for the battle of Shiloh, the battles
following Shiloh, and on through the battle of Perryville, Kentucky.
Perryville, the Army of Tennessee decided to use the Hardee pattern
for their regimental flags, along with the other patterns used
out West which included the (Polk pattern, the Van Dorn pattern,
and others). The Hardee pattern flag the adopted by 5th Company
- the same flag used today by the re-enacting 5th Company - is
a copy of the flag used after the original Army of Northern Virginia
flag was retired.
first flag was sent to Mobile, Alabama by W.C.T Vaught for the
duration of the War. His relatives kept it safe; it was in Mobile
where the battle honors "Shiloh" and "Perryville"
were added. After the War's end, Vaught's family donated the flag
to the Confederate Memorial Hall on Camp Street in New Orleans
where it remained until it was stolen in the 1970's. It has subsequently
resurfaced, but has not been returned to Confederate Memorial
Hall (now officially known as "929 Camp Street Museum").
Company's first and second flags are pictured under the 5th Company
- Washington Artillery in the Time-Life books about the Civil
My Maryland! J.R. Randall
"Maryland, My Maryland," the state song of Maryland,
was a favorite rallying song of the Confederacy. Baltimore poet
James Ryder Randell wrote the words in April 1861 while in Louisiana,
after he read the New Orleans Delta newspaper account of the skirmish
in Baltimore between Massachusetts troops and southern sympathizers
in Baltimore. One of Randell's friends was the first casualty.
Jenny Cary first sang the song to the tune of the German folk
song in July 1861, after the First Battle of Bull Run, in darkness
before General Beauregard's tent. Beauregard's troops gradually
joined in the refrain.
The courtship and marriage of Brigadier John Pegram and Hettie
Cary (shown below) was the event of the decade, and one of the
most tragic love stories to come out of the Civil War, capturing
the imagination of the entire country!
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