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Colonial America (1492-1776)
Colonial Clothing

Colonial America (1492-1776)
Colonial America (1492-1776)

Colonial Clothing
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.12

     challenging words:    bodice, brocade, corsets, dressy, petticoat, tights, underclothes, waistcoat, washboard, colonial, natural, linen, padded, outfit, separate, breeches

Colonial Clothing
By Sharon Fabian

1     What did colonial people wear? Did they have lots of clothes? What styles were popular? How did they take care of their clothes? Where did they buy them?
2     The way people dressed back then was much different from the way we dress now. The clothes were different. The fabrics were different. The way they got their clothes was different. The way they took care of their clothes was different, too.
3     Colonial clothing was made of natural fabrics. Many clothes were made of cotton, linen, or wool. Dressy clothes were made of silk, velvet, or brocade. An outfit of clothes could take months to make.
4     Some colonists had only two outfits - one for every day, one dressy. Some colonists made their own clothes. They spun the thread, wove the cloth, and sewed the clothes, called homespun. Some families made all of their own clothes by hand.

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