Since I usually set myself up in my most comfortable clothing when doing fine work, read: expandable waist band, I felt a tinge of sorrow for this young woman who obviously has to stand to do her work..in the light of day. You wouldn't be doing that fine work by candlelight either.
Tess recently wrote a poem about bustles, and I love all of her work, so it made me go back and refer to "Does this make my butt look big?"
I think this proves my point that they didn't sit around in those dresses. Thank goodness for emancipation!
Credit: Charles Francois Marchal .Penelope. 1868