Anyone Collecting A Trousseau?

@JudyEv (96608)
Bunbury, Australia
August 31, 2016 8:39pm CST
Trousseaus are probably a thing of the past but once unmarried girls would collect various items of clothing including lingerie and nightwear to take with her when she married. We went through a few museums while we were away recently and I took a photo of this 'bodice' in one of them. Someone has spent hours lavishly embroidering this ready for the big day when she married and moved out of her parent's house into her own. Times have changed somewhat methinks!
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@Platespinner (18067)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
1 Sep 16
I don't even think anyone collects linens and household items for a hope chest anymore either...
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
No, it's a thing of the past I think. Did you call them 'glory boxes' as well as 'hope chests'?
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• Midland, Michigan
1 Sep 16
@JudyEv I've never heard the term 'glory box', but I don't know if anyone else here did or not.
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
@MarshaMusselman @Platespinner @xFiacre has just reminded me that 'bottom drawer' was another word for such a collection.
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• Midland, Michigan
1 Sep 16
We don't do much of the handiwork folks once did that's for sure, other than those here that still do the quilting and other types of crafts. But, I bet that they didn't embroider anything this fancy to wear as undergarments. It is pretty, though.
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
What a lot of work it would have taken. Hours and hours I would think.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
1 Sep 16
Interestingly enough @MarshaMusselman when we visited Colonial Williamsburg last year we discovered that undergarments were actually far more likely to be embroidered than any other garments and they had some rather spectacular examples on display.
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• Midland, Michigan
1 Sep 16
@JudyEv Yes, but people here spend hours and hours with their quilting and other craft projects. It wouldn't be any different than that. I've done embroidery before, but for doilies (not sure if this is the correct spelling) and such and not since I was in my twenties.
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@Inlemay (17323)
• South Africa
1 Sep 16
My youngest daughter is collecting - but hers are household. Like full sets of glasses, linen, and towels - on her birthday's she askes for this kind of stuff as she says she doesnt need another bottle of stinky perfume. ha ha ha
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
It was fun really and there was always something you could suggest for a gift - or give for a gift.
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@Inlemay (17323)
• South Africa
1 Sep 16
@JudyEv I remember my own collection from age 16 well - But I still have some irish linen hand made pillow cases in my trousseau kist
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
@Inlemay Hadn-made - does that mean you made them? I made some gingham aprons with nice cross-stitch patterns round the base but I never wore them.
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@sofssu (14742)
1 Sep 16
Times really have changed.. we don't have to work on our trousseau any more.. That is a lot of sewing on an inner wear.. LOL i haven't heard that word 'bodice' in a long, long time.
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
I can't imagine her husband ever saying 'that's nice', can you?
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@sofssu (14742)
1 Sep 16
@JudyEv LOL That is a naughty little thought..
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
1 Sep 16
I remember reading in books about a trousseau. I always thought it was such a nice tradition and wished it still was used today.
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
There were many more rites and traditions in those days I think.
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
2 Sep 16
@JudyEv I think so too. Some are great but some not so good for women.
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Sep 16
@simone10 In some ways, it seems we haven't really advanced much.
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@xFiacre (10367)
• Ireland
1 Sep 16
@judyev Lovely word that, bodice. I'm going to saying it all day. I love the feel of it in my mouth. I used to hear people refer to their "bottom drawer" which always mystyfied me till I was told this is where bashful young ladies store things for marriage.
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
Oh yes, I'd forgotten that. So that's three words for the same thing - bottom drawer, glory box and hope chest. I always thought the latter had a note of desperation to it. :)
@xFiacre (10367)
• Ireland
1 Sep 16
@JudyEv My aunt had a bottom drawer overflowing with stuff which sadly never were needed - it must be an awful reminder that she missed the boat in the marriage stakes. I think at 80 she still has it.
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
@xFiacre That is sad. I hope she had a fulfilling life anyway.
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@Tampa_girl7 (21241)
• United States
1 Sep 16
That is really pretty. I had a hope chest that was full of various things for when I married.
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
I did too. It was either called a 'hope chest' (which sounds a bit desperate) or a 'glory box'. I don't know where they got 'glory box' from!
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@Tampa_girl7 (21241)
• United States
1 Sep 16
@JudyEv my grandma mostly filled mine for me.
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
@Tampa_girl7 The older women of the family were keen on getting the younger ones fitted out weren't they?
@BelleStarr (31073)
• Portland, Connecticut
1 Sep 16
I remember when I got engaged, my future hubs gave me a hope chest and I started putting things in it for our future wedding. While I didn't embroider a bodice I did have a nice collection by the time we wed.
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
I hadn't heard that the fiancee gave these as gifts. What a lovely present it would have been.
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@BelleStarr (31073)
• Portland, Connecticut
1 Sep 16
@JudyEv I had a year and a half to fill it with lovely things.
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@SIMPLYD (74827)
• Philippines
1 Sep 16
That is beautiful . It's elaborately done . What do we wear that for , my friend . I never had that .
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
I guess it was just part of their dress in years gone by. Maybe it was supposed to replace a bra. That's my first thought.
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@SIMPLYD (74827)
• Philippines
2 Sep 16
@JudyEv The way i see it , yes it's for that .
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• United States
1 Sep 16
wow! that 'twas sure a bunch 'f work, eh? i'd a hope chest myself. filled 't with 'essentials', mostly treasures i wished fer my home should the day come. these days, those youngsters seem to 'xpect all their family 'n friends to provide all they're gonna need. yepperz, times 've certainly changed 'n i think not fer the better most oft.
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
I can't imagine any modern young thing having a 'trousseau' nowadays. :)
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• United States
1 Sep 16
@JudyEv no ma'am, me neither :) i've been tryin' to talk the grand daughter 'nto such. i'm most certain she's rollin' her eyes 'n mouthin' to her momma that i've lost my mind - aka: grandma's crazy!
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@Jessicalynnt (48190)
• Centralia, Missouri
2 Sep 16
yeah, I dont think I had a thing put back
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Sep 16
You wouldn't be alone in that.
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@Hate2Iron (7325)
• Canada
1 Sep 16
I don't know when trousseaus became a thing of the past... same goes for hope chests. Will have to ask my mom if she had one!
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
I know for my 21st birthday many of the gifts were hope chest stuff.
@miniam (9304)
• Bern, Switzerland
1 Sep 16
This is no longer an undergarment in today`s wardrobe,this is today a far too big and too long and not sexy enough blouse.How times change
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@cacay1 (32062)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
1 Sep 16
wow very nice, elegant stuff.
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
I'm not sure 'elegant' is the right word. lol
@hereandthere (22990)
• Philippines
1 Sep 16
trousseaus and bodice remind of romance paperbacks i used to read.
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
I have a book of the way all the old household tasks were done. It's meant to be a reference book if you're writing about Victorian times or whatever.
• Philippines
1 Sep 16
I wonder if they can make a fashion again so that people will make several to buy and wear something like this.
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
I can't really see it happening. lol
@TRBRocks420 (60746)
• Banks, Oregon
1 Sep 16
Yes, times have definitely changed. Al though I bet there is someone out there, who still does it that way.
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
There might be but not too many I wouldn't think.
@just4him (88973)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Sep 16
I agree, times have changed. That's a beautiful bodice.
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Sep 16
I don't think anyone would make one like it nowadays. :)
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@just4him (88973)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Sep 16
@JudyEv Very doubtful, but you never know. There are plenty of people who love to do needlework.
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@DeborahDiane (15857)
• Laguna Woods, California
1 Sep 16
What a beautiful article of clothing. I agree that times have changed. Today, girls just go to "Victoria Secret."
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 16
That's true. It looks like it has like suspender attachments but they must have been to hook it to knickers rather than stockings. And pantyhose weren't around then either.
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• Laguna Woods, California
2 Sep 16
@JudyEv - You are right ... they must have been used to hold up stockings. It makes sense.
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@bwjsdems (494)
• New Zealand
12 Sep 16
Mine was a 'glory box'. not much in it towards marriage though as I was out flatting for years and even had my own house by the time I eventually got married.
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@JudyEv (96608)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Sep 16
That's interesting that you used 'glory box'. It seems the phrase wasn't much in use in the US although in Australia that's what we used.