Do Womens' Fashion Trends Make Them Impressionable? In the 18th century, both girls and boys were sent to time schools at an early age. The girls normally did not learn much book learning, but learned to be a good housewife. They learned how to cook. They also learned how to spin and weave and knit, not just for home clothes but for the stores. Fine knitting was well paid for, and was a matter of the arrogant lot of pride. Many complicated stitches were taught to the girls. The herringbone is a type of fashion pattern. There were also fox and geese knitting patterns. The girls learned how to create fashion trends by having initials knit in mittens and socks. The alphabet is stapled in mittens and sometimes even a poetic verse. Young women learned to be careful and learn good embroidery. New fashion purses were made with fine embroidery and were sold in the stores. Another fashion trend was the production of paper flowers, known as Papyrotamia. They learned to paint art on the velvet. They learned about quilting in one hundred different and difficult patterns. They also learned how to make uplift with pillow and coils. The boys were trained in Latin grammar. The study of reading and writing was firm and etched on their minds. 19th Century (Early Victorian 1837-1869) introduced a new fashion trend for women. What a woman wanted was curves to improve her femininity. The fashion set of that day helped to create the curves that women wanted. The late Victorian period 1870-1900 saw the fashion corset go one step further. Curves of women were created by lacing them obliquely in the corsets. The fashion training was to have an 18 inch waist. This style was known as the hourglass look. Then came the 20th century. Young women went to college.