History, Living History, Reenacting, School Day

Civil War Weekend @ OWHSP 2018

Hello friends and hello first post of 2019! I hope your New Year has been off to a great start! I took quite a long break from blogging, but I promise that this year I’m getting back into blogging on the regular. That’s one of my goals for this year. (;

Last November I volunteered at Old Washington Historic State Park for the annual Civil War Weekend event. I volunteered in the 1836 courthouse. During the Civil War the city of Washington became the capital for the Confederacy. The courthouse was also used as a schoolhouse for many years, and in one of the rooms upstairs it is still used to demonstrate a one room schoolhouse. I spent most of my time up there giving tours and lessons from the 1850’s. The school children loved getting a 19th Century school lesson!

Upstairs in the 1836 courthouse
Inside the school room
A sweet little girl drew this for me after her “lesson’ (:

I posted the above photo on Facebook, and one of the ladies I know commented on the post and told me that the Ladies Auxiliary met at the 1836 courthouse during the 19th Century to work on sewing projects. I found that so fascinating that the next day I brought some material and cut out a new 1860’s cotton day dress!

A 19th Century selfie
Some of us ladies after the battle on Sunday

It was another lovely weekend for the event and I enjoyed every minute of it!

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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!

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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! (;