It looks like a furry animal (goat, sheep, elk???) got entangled with a fringe machine. All those shades of brown are awful together! And it must be very heavy. I wouldn’t be caught near this. Need I say more? What do you think?
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25 thoughts on “Possibly The Worst 1850s Dress Ever”
I like textures so I find his dress very interesting. Exquisite detailing.
Well that’s one favorable vote. I can see your point, though I’m not sure that gets past interesting as an adjective! 😉 Thanks for chiming in!
Children, let’s all say “Eewwww.” Just like today, not all our ancestors’ had good fashion sense.
So true! 🙂
Looks like a bunch of bathroom rugs were used for trim
I hadn’t thought of bathroom rugs, but I can see it now that you say it! To me that just says “heavy!”
Hehe..:p -It looks strange; I think of Scarlet in “Gone with the wind” when she had made a dress out of curtains, as the materials was hard to get in times of war…
Hm, yes, I suppose that if you were really hard pressed for materials maybe you would use anything you have. But perhaps then the dress wouldn’t need all the embellishment?
It looks like Scarlet O’Hara turned a yurt into a dress.
Yurts! That is right along the lines of what I was thinking.
My gramma had a couch that looked almost exactly like this. I didn’t like it, either.
I can only imagine a similar looking couch… everything I come up with is not good…
It looks like she was attacked by ugly 70s curtains and a bathroom rug. I saw a woman at the grocery store last week who was wearing what looked like a high pile fuzzy rag rug. Bad taste is timeless ;-b
Sure is! That’s fantastic in an awful way.
I guess it’d be warm, that’s one point in it’s favour
Ok, yes I’ll give it another point for warmth. Perhaps it was made to be worn on an arctic expedition, and that’s why it’s got fur!
Yes, I agree what an ‘ugly’ garment, yet it would be fun to re-create it 😉
It has an odd pull about it, despite its oddity and awfulness, I agree.
I was about to say it looks like my bathroom rugs attacked it, but someone beat me to it. Yikes!
Yes, it seems to conjure up images of bathroom rugs for lots of people! 🙂
Perhaps the dowels were too heavy. I wonfer if bamboo would be lighter. Looks like you all had fun!
Don’t know how the above got here. I was trying to comment on the kites! LOL
🙂 Mysterious things happen sometimes… perhaps, I’ll have to consider that idea! Thanks!
Looks frontierish to me… a bit of Dan’l Boone, a bit of Native American dress, a bit of buffalo… prairie dog, too… & a very, very prairie palette. ~ Mom
I think this is the kind of thing Louisa May Alcott wrote about with horror….