Words used within the hobby you may encounter.
Armsythe - (arms eye) the armhole.
Basque - A tight fitting dress bodice extending below the waist.
Bertha - A cape like collar.
Body - another meaning for waist or bodice.
Brogan - A boot worn by soldiers. There were also male civilian styles similar to this.
Undersleeve - A decorative sleeve which ties at the upper arm to give the illusion of a blouse being worn with the dress. A much cooler alternative in hot weather.
Pagoda Sleeve - A funnel shaped sleeve arranged to show the inner or undersleeve.
Crinoline - Another word for a foundation garment which holds out the skirts of the dress by rings either inserted through a petticoat casing or mounted on vertical bands.
Chemise - A shirt like garment which is worn closest to the body. To ensure adequate privacy, it should be tucked into the pantalettes.
Drawers - Worn as you would modern briefs. This garment is split crotched to ease the call of
nature when it occurs.
Parasol - Do not refer to this as an umbrella. A parasol’s function is to produce shade for a lady. The
materials used and its diminutive size and would make it impractical in the rain.
Mantel - A cloak, due to the changes in fashion and the general cut, other names for cloaks are
Paletot - An outdoor jacket and a knee length coat loosely fitted.
Pelerine - A woman’s cape with long ends hanging down the front.
Mantilla - A small mantel, deep at the back, long ends in front.
Sacque - A loose fitting outer garment
Revers - Lapels. -
Ruching - Frill or plaited net, lace, silk, or material for trimming a dress.
Lappets - Pendant from a headdress hanging at the sides.
Zouave - A loose fitting jacket, worn with a blouse and skirt.
Hazzari - A cheer which we know as “Hurrah”.
The Necessary - Restrooms.