What do you call the 19th Century ladies' undergarment covering the legs?
This week I was sent a sale newsletter from a historical clothing company (whom I love and would purchase from if not for the fact that I can make it all myself). I checked out their beautiful site and noticed they called the particular undergarment "bloomers".
This really super bugs me! THEY ARE CALLED DRAWERS - NOT BLOOMERS.
Bloomers are an outer garment.
History lesson: 1851 - Amelia Bloomer was a woman's suffragette and a bit of a rebel. She decided to wear men's trousers with a shortened skirt when seen on her friends, Libby Miller and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. But announced in Amelia's own newspaper, the outfit was penned the Bloomer Costume.
She wore the trousers to be seen. Those intimate leggings worn under skirts are NOT meant to be seen. They are underwear.
Now, the name, bloomers, have been attached to leggings worn by little girls in the later part of the century. And it's definitely used for other undergarments (seen or unseen) in the 20th Century. Also, in my research, pantalettes (mini-pants) were for girls only under their short dresses.
Let's not even get into "pantaloons". MEN wore them in the late Regency thru 1840s when pants stopped having foot straps attached, the legs became wider at the ankle, and they were called trousers.
So, please - if you are making proper ladies' undergarments in the 19th Century, PLEASE call them drawers.
My ears will be much appreciated.
Thank you. :-)