Farm Fashion 19th Century

Jules Adolphe Breton, The Gleaner, Denver Art Museum
Jules Adolphe Breton, The Gleaner, Denver Art Museum

As many of you know I have a small farm thing going on. Despite the freedom of wearing insulated overalls to work everyday I’m often pulled into the fantasy of skirts. So today instead of bringing you dead pigeons and war, let’s look at fashion.

The Dinner Horn, Winslow Homer
The Dinner Horn, Winslow Homer

I tried this look. At the thrift store I found a beautiful white prairie skirt. It was huge so I pleated it in the back to sort of look like a bustle. My husband smiled the first time I went out to walk the goats in it. Do I need to tell you how dirty it was after the goat kids mauled me with love? I couldn’t even enjoy their affection.

The Milk Maid, Winslow Homer. As always Winslow is my guy.
The Milk Maid, Winslow Homer. As always Winslow is my guy.

If you notice the rooster is eying the milk maid’s ankles. Not a good thing. Where are her muck boots when she needs them? Granted they’d look terrible with the pink dress. Here’s my issue: How do you keep the skirt from being stepped on when your milking?

A Pinterest find. Anyone know the painter?
A Pinterest find. Anyone know the painter?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, here’s an outfit I think I could do. By the way, if any of you have an old pair of wooden clogs size 8 American I’d gladly take them off your hands.The dark skirt and jacket are almost stylish–but you definitely need the clogs to make it work. Adorable apron as well. Sign me up (Oh yeah. The Rooster).

Frederick Walker The Old Farm Garden 1871
Frederick Walker The Old Farm Garden 1871

I can’t imagine anyone looking bad in this dress, but did she really garden in it? I think not. But maybe I’m wrong. We find a similar dress on this pretty girl gathering eggs . . .

Fresh Eggs, by Winslow again.
Fresh Eggs, by Winslow again.

When you’re done farming for the day you can go off with your significant other as long as he’s wearing his hat with a feather.

Happy Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine’s Day

13 responses to “Farm Fashion 19th Century”

    • There are very romantic moments–lots of them. Even mucking the barn when the goats take turns nuzzling you . . . adorable.

      Of course I can’t spend time away–but I mostly love being a hermit. I think if I really want to do this skirt thing I’m going to have to make my own because nothing I find on the market is anything like the pictures! I just don’t love sewing. 🙂

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  1. The artist you asked? Daniel Ridgeway Knight.
    I wear layered skirts and boots and garden. I have two acres and only a dog. But I love making skirts and aprons. I hitch them up as they did then, and yep, they get stained up. All the more intriguing. I ‘ve gone to an area with a lot of homeless folks and usually they hit you up for change (and I give it until I’m broke). But in my layered skirts, 3 sweaters and muck books, they don’t even see me. Now I an learning to eco-print so my skirts, vests and aprons can have a more woodsy whimsical look.

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    • Wow! Your words were just what I needed to hear today. They reminded me that I’ve been pondering skirts for such a long time. A good kick in the butt. Thank you. A question though: do you have ticks in your neighborhood? I’m always afraid the skirts will give them a clear path to exposed skin!

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