Whilst in London I had to check out the V&A Museum, bloggers seem to have meetups there all the time and I have always been super jealous. I love old clothing particularly from the 18th and 19th centuries and the V&A does not disappoint.
The above dress dates back to the mid 1700s - can you believe this was all made by hand? It must have taken months - it really makes me think about my sewing and how easy we have it in comparison. I wonder what happened if you got sick of a garment half way through making it? I don't think they would have wadded garments!!
Look at the ruffling detail - just beautiful. I would love to make a garment like this, but I certainly wouldn't do it by hand. I just need an excuse to wear it!
I had to take a picture of the inside of this garment - if I made a garment entirely by hand, I don't think mine would be half as tidy!
And for you fellow knitters, check out these socks dated to around 300AD:
If you are ever in London, I thoroughly recommend checking this museum out, it has so many lovely items, not just fashion related too.