Several of you were surprised that women wore so many layers of clothing. Yes, they did!
It started with a thin layer that would have been like underwear and a camisole and a slip all in one.
The next layer would have been a corset. They were made of steel and whalebone. Remember under wire bras? Multiply that from hip to breast. Tighten that up with string that tied you in so tight you had trouble breathing. It was not uncommon for women to faint.
Over that was a petticoat. “Proper” women wore 3 or 4 petticoats, the top one being fancier and made of lace. Sometimes she wore “Pantaloons” as well.
The next layer would have been the skirt or dress. They were usually lined. (We are at 8 layers including that lining.)
Over that was a type of apron that would protect the skirt of dress.
If the weather was cold or wet she would have worn a coat. Very least a shawl.
And…. women wore fancy collars and under sleeves. Of course women also wore hats.
And thank god I am allowed to walk around in shorts and a t-shirt!