To Net, or Not to Net: Revisited by Anna Worden Bauersmith - Electronic Version

To Net, or Not to Net: Revisited by Anna Worden Bauersmith - Electronic Version



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“A new style of net has been introduced, which is rather original; it is made of hair of the exact shade of the wearer’s. The fashion is to cut off a tress of hair and to give it to the hairdresser, who will get it made into a net, which, when worn upon the head, may be truly called “invisible.” They are netted over a fine mesh, and are exceedingly durable. As the hair is worn so low and full at the back, it is almost impossible to keep it neat with-out a net, which sustains the hair, and so prevents the dress and collar from being easily soiled.”
(Peterson’s Magazine, 1863)

To Net, or Not to Net: Revisited is an in depth look at the hair nets worn from 1855 through 1865. The 103 page e-book contains over 30 CDVs, numerous fashion illustrations, and directions for making hair nets right from Godey's, Peterson's and more.


1. Research—Then and Now
2. In a Word (Definitions)
3. How Was a Hair Net Worn?
4. How Were Hair Nets Constructed?
5. How Were Hair Nets Trimmed?
6. When & Where Were Hair Nets Worn?
7. A Little on Age
 Directions for Making Hair Nets
 Fashion Descriptions
 CDVs in Full

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Joy Aug 30, 2020

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I have been wanting this volume for a long time and am so glad I finally have it now. It is the premier resource I have seen on the topic and will be of assistance in working on my wardrobe upgrades. It shipped immediately. Anna and her Etsy shop are pleasures to do business with. Thanks.

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Amara Adamaus Apr 21, 2018

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I will be using this book a lot for learning about civil war era hair nets!!

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Lisa Lindsey Mar 5, 2018

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Love and appreciate all the research

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Annemarie Schuetz May 30, 2019

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Excellent research job -- as one would expect from Anna, who knows her way around historical research. The book reads beautifully and fills a gap in the history of fashion.

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