After months and months of extensive research on the subject of nineteenth century women's dress reform, I desired to have my own rational dress made. The style of clothing and its history completely fascinated me, and I thought, "what better way to teach others about dress reform than show them the actual garment?" Not only was I able to wear my rational dress for speaking engagements, but I also found it appropriate to wear to some Civil War reenactments.
The purpose of this page is to provide helpful hints to other women interested in wearing a rational dress for specific occasions and becoming the "Bloomer Girls" of today. As the photographs below indicate, I am not the only one out there fascinated by nineteenth century dress reform!
Construction of the "Bloomer Costume"
Accessories and Getting Dressed