Civil War Weekend at OWHSP 2017

Here are some pictures from the civil war reenactment at Old Washington Historic State Park last November:

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Since I was the only lady not dressed out on Saturday night I was put on chili making duty…..that way none of the ladies got their dresses dirty. (;

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The sanctuary of the Methodist church, this church has the oldest Methodist congregation in the state of Arkansas!

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Some young soldiers drilling for Sunday’s battle.

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I was having fun taking some black and white photos and this was one of my favorites.

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Soldiers getting ready for theĀ  battle….and the ones in the back are visiting.

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The artillery!

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Lastly a photo of my dear reenacting and sewing friend.

I did a bit of an awful job of taking pictures at this event, and I do apologize for that. I shall be more diligent at future events!

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1860 Wrapper Progress

I worked all this past weekend so on Saturday I took the wrapper pattern and pieces to work. I hand stitched the bodice together and the cuffs to the cuff linings. I forgot how long it takes me to hand stitch anything, but it was nice to have something to do to keep me occupied!

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Front of the bodice.

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Back of the bodice.

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And the cuffs!

I’m happy with the progress that I’ve made so far and hopefully I’ll have more to show you later this week!

1860 Wrapper (First Sewing Project of 2018)

Happy 3rd day of the new year everyone! I hope your year is starting out great! I worked the past two years so today I was able to start on my first sewing project of 2018- an 1860 wrapper.

Now a wrapper in the 1860’s referred to a clothing garment that we would consider as a dressing gown or a night robe or housecoat. This will come handy during reenactments!

 

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I purchased this fabric from Ensembles of the Past on Etsy. It’s a reproduction fabric and I thought it would make a perfect wrapper the moment I saw it!

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I’m using the Period Impressions 1860 Wrapper pattern. Now I’m not following this to a “T” at all. I’m using the pattern as a foundation to build off of, so I’m using some aspects of it and completely ignoring the rest of it, haha. I actually do that with most patterns so why not continue it! (;

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I’m also trying to be careful with how much fabric I use, especially since I want the skirt to be as full as it can be!

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Here is the back piece with the two back side pieces. I don’t know why, but I like laying the fabric pieces of the pattern out like this. If only the sewing part could be as easy and quick as that!

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It turned out that I only had a little over a yard of brown broadcloth and the lining pattern pieces barely fit on it! It took a little bit of squeezing everything together, but I’m happy that I won’t have to purchase some more fabric! My Grandmother taught me to work with the pattern pieces to get them to fit so you can save fabric, and also not to throw away the bigger fabric scraps until you’re finished with that project. You never know if you’ll need it!

After I get the skirt cut out I can start sewing everything together! What projects are you working on this year?

P.S. Thank-you Sarah for suggesting this post! (;