I made a light green wool 1860's dress in 2012, intending to wear it to Civil War reenactments with a friend who was dating a cavalry reenactor. I wore it to Dickens of a Christmas and Dress U and an Antebellum Tea, but it took until this November for me to wear it to a Civil War reenactment. I love the fabric and still have loads of it leftover. There are vague plans out there for an 1850's basque to go with the skirt and a 1950's dress like the black and white one that Susan Waverly wears in White Christmas
. The leftover green wool from my 1610's petticoat will do nicely for the solid black parts in that dress.
The only new thing I made specifically for this was the little neck bow, but it gave me an opportunity to wear my new rigolette, which completely covered the neck bow. It was a cool day, and I actually went back to the car to get my sontag after lunch. The only thing I dislike about this whole set of costume pieces is that the heavy shawl tends to push the hoop forward a bit oddly. The shape is better when I'm not wearing the shawl.
I got to hang out with Martha and Greg Graham, who are loads of fun and do a lot of different costume periods. Martha makes all their stuff and does an excellent job. It's fun that they do a lot of naval costumes since they both spent time in the navy. I also got to hang out with nuranar
and her family. They were very nice and let me sit and chat with them for quite awhile.
I didn't take many pictures myself, but the Grahams did and gave me copies with permission to post them. I don't have any pictures of or with Ginger's family.
And here are the pictures:
First, the rigolette on an actual person's head
The Grahams with me
A couple of rather pretty shots of Martha and me
(and really uneven hair - humph!)
Greg and me
Fortunately, it didn't rain much the night before so the grounds were dry, and I was able to wear my button boots. I wouldn't have worn them if it had been muddy - red mud and ivory boots sounds like asking for trouble.
Things I discovered about Civil War reenactments: (1) I didn't like the battle, which was no surprise. I generally don't like loud noises. (2) It's fun to sit around with friends and talk to people as they come by. (3) Size 5-0 needles impress other knitters. I spent the time after I abandoned the battle sitting with the spinners and working on my pineapple. They were impressed.