The Victorian Dinner Gown of satin is trimmed with lace. The body is cut square in front and buttoned behind. It has three points in front, which fall over a draped and slightly puffed sash. The train is cut in one with the body, and draped at the sides with flowers. The underskirt is made with a pointed drapery, opening in front on five lace flounces. This 1882 dress requires 15 yards of satin; 4 yards of wide lace; 6 yards of narrow lace; and 6 bunches of flowers.
These are bloomers. Worn by Amelia Bloomer herself, an early advocate of women's dress reform in the 50s. Ankle-length, made of substantial material like wool or silk, not cotton, and worn under a shorter dress. If you mentioned in the mid- 19th century that you were wearing bloomers, this is what people would picture, and many people thought this costume was scandalous. If you are wearing a white cotton, calf-length garment under your full-length dress you are wearing DRAWERS.
Hats and bonnets of the Romantic Era were magnificent creations overflowing with ruffles and frills, exotic plumes, vivid flowers, and yards of colorful ribbons. Elaborate hair styles were topped by these wide-brimmed creations or the face was framed by the frills of a white ruffled cap. Bonnet trimmings were removed and replaced with ease to create a fresh look for each new dress.