sharpiefan: Napoleonic soldier leaning on a musket (Redcoat at ease)
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There's a pretty good article here. It's specifically for the ACW era, but there are a whole lot of general hints and tips that could be useful.

(The bit about short hair doesn't apply when soldiers had queues, after all! :D )
sharpiefan: Line of Age of Sail Marines on parade (Redcoats)
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(OK, this isn't specifically for women in re-enactment, but it is about re-enactment, so...)

I have just acquired a c.1880 hot water fountain/boiler for use in a Napoleonic-period camp to enable us to have hot water 'on tap' for tea/coffee and musket cleaning. We're not the first unit to have one of these - I have seen two other units with something very similar - and I was wondering...

Do you or your group intentionally use something that is anachronistic for your chosen period because it looks 'right' or it makes life at events that much easier? And if you do, has it been pointed out by others as being anachronistic?
sharpiefan: Napoleonic soldier leaning on a musket (Redcoat at ease)
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I'm pretty lucky to work where I do... we've had a bunch called the Rapscallions come in a couple of times recently and one of them passed on a good way of dirtying up, for those in the ranks or lower classes who wouldn't be squeaky-clean...

Basically, the idea is to blend face-paint or powder-paint with moisturiser. You can make up various colours (black, brown, green, purple...) and experiment till you get the look you want.

A colleague did this by blending brown watercolour paints (kid's watercolour block ground up) with aqueous cream.

Using moisturiser means that not only will it blend in, but you moisturise your face... and the paint will just wash off with soap and water afterwards.

I don't know if it would be possible to use suntan lotion instead of the moisturiser, though I don't see why not, and then you'd have the added benefits of not having to try dirtying up over your SPF30.
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Nice local event in New Jersey, and a pretty nice video.
black_hound: (Rev War standing watch silhouette)
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Does anyone know if garter stitch is appropriate for 18th century use? Reason: I have a knitted hat pattern that I would prefer to do in garter. I have a sneaking suspicion that stockinette was the go-to stitch in that century, but I don't really know enough about the history of knitting to make that call.

sharpiefan: Napoleonic soldier with a cup of tea, text 'tea break, dammit' (Tea break)
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Just finishing my new breadbag (to go with my new trousers and still new-looking red coat - at this rate, nobody's going to believe I've been in the hobby for more than a couple of months, let alone nine whole years!), and I need to make the buttonholes in the flap and add the buttons.

Now, I've had a problem with my buttonholes pulling out before now so my question to you lovely people is: What thread do you use when buttonholing?

I'm using a light-weight cotton drill, a bit lighter than denim weight.
sharpiefan: Napoleonic soldier leaning on a musket (Redcoat at ease)
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I don't know if you're aware of Living History Worldwide, but I thought I'd let you all know about it. It's basically run by the people behind Skirmish magazine, to be something like Facebook for re-enactors. It doesn't matter who you are, who you portray, what period you re-enact or where you are in the world.

I'm afraid it's only really visible to members - it can be off-putting (I didn't join up for a while because of that) but take a look anyway.
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My group (The Port Royal Privateers) does Golden Age of Piracy, and are moving into more and more of a Living History operation. We also have a large number of women...

As I'm the only one in the group on Dreamwidth, I thought I'd appoint myself to the post of Liason, spreading what ideas and findings you ladies might have with my fellows "On The Account"
wandererriha: Original Art by Me (Living History)
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I need to find some Historically Accurate 18th c shoes that would be good in a rural setting.
I am told black leather heels, mules, or moccasins are acceptable.

I would prefer not to pay more than $75.

I think you see my problem.

Anyone got/know where I can find a pair of women's size 6 (USA) shoes? ^^;;;

New Toy

Jun. 9th, 2011 10:26 pm
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Sooo here are the promised pics of my new toy. As you can see, she needs some work.

Restoration ramblings )
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Sunday - 120
Monday - 172
Total - 292

We had nearly 300 people visit Ingles Ferry this weekend. It also hit 92F both days. Actually, it wasn't too bad. My new smock worked well, tho I think today was less painful since we had a nice breeze going all day. Yesterday was pretty brutal. Virginia heat. Ugh.

Anyway, it went well, if busy. I had fun.

I also have a sinus infection now from all teh pollen. x_x;

Here, have some pics.
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Colonial Plantation photos.

Mostly the rifle companies. Wonderful site. Weather could have been a bit more cooperative but we were able to get in the tacticals/skirmishing before the sky opened up.
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We are going off to the weekend event at the Colonial Plantation in Ridley Creek State Park.

Love this place. The tactical scenarios are free form, designed for skirmishing lights and rifles. It is a working farm which is also much with the awesome, and it has some terrific heritage free range livestock. I will be bringing my camera and hope to get some shots of the place and the livestock.

The downside is the weather forecast. 50% chance of rain. Which does mean a 50% chance that it won't rain. But my rifle is SO fussy that even without actual rain, if the humidity is way up? Forget it.

Which brings me to the GOOD NEWS. At the Fort Frederick Market Fair I scored. Big. Bought a Pedersoli Brown Bess Carbine at a blanket sale for $500. Which is pretty much thievery on my part. But the guy wanted cash and we were able to dicker him down. It is a 4 digit serial number carbine which puts it back in the USA Bicentennial era (1970's). It fires like a dream and is in beautiful condition. There will be pictures.
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You know the reenacting season is starting here on the East Coast of the US when it's time for Fort Frederick's Market Fair. This is THE shopping event of the season. It is held on the site of a restored French & Indian War (aka the Seven Years War) fortress. So many sutlers that they have to hand out a map and everyone is organized into streets. The site itself is in Maryland, west of Baltimore

Fort Frederick Market Fair

It is worth checking the sutler list on the website because many of the sutlers have links to their websites.
sharpiefan: Napoleonic soldier leaning on a musket (Redcoat at ease)
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Some of the suppliers I've used in the past (mostly American!)

Jas Townsend and Son Warning: This site is addictive - you will want to buy EVERYTHING. They're very good with their delivery times and stuff, too.

G Gedney Godwin Not quite as extensive a collection as Jas Townsend, but still interesting. I've not actually bought anything from them, so I don't know what they're like with deliveries, problems etc.

Patterns and fabrics suppliers:

Kannick's Korner Easy-to-follow patterns for a wide variety of things

Patterns of Time If they haven't got it... it probably isn't worth having!

Wm Booth, Draper A decent selection of period fabrics

Period Fabric Again, a decent selection, though the website isn't completely up to date.

Ticking If you're like me and need ticking, this looks like a good place to get it - they have it in a variety of different colours, too. A little pricey, though.
black_hound: (Rev War standing watch silhouette)
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Reenacting Brimmed Hat
The Packet II by Mark Tully

US 5 - 3.75 mm
0.75 skeins = 165.0 yards (150.9m)

Knitted for the pesky husband.

This pattern must have been written by someone who does not knit a lot or is just beginning or thought this was the best way to do it.

The pattern calls for seaming and picking up stitches and hemming which are just not necessary. I did the hat in the round and also eliminated a lot of the unnecessary steps to get to the finish line.

That being said, what is very right with this hat are the proportions in the pattern. Came out just as it should. Perfect crown height and brim depth.

With US 5 needles, I had a gauge of 5 st/inch with worsted weight. Cast on 90 stitches. (Pattern calls for 6 st/inch with sport weight and a cast on of 130 stitches.)


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I have a new job! I'm a performer at Dickens World. Which basically mean I wear 'period' clothes and interact with the public all day. Much like re-enacting, really. It's good fun, the people are good.

I have one question for those who would know such things - and, fellow re-enactors, please don't die of shock. I do do authentic period correct stuff when I'm out re-enacting, although I play a male role.

I basically would like a corset or stays and a bodice. Now, I don't want to spend a fortune and it doesn't have to be spot-on period correct, so long as it 'looks right' (bear in mind that I and others are wearing modern skirts in several layers, and I have a nightdress doing duty for a chemise and you'll get what I mean). I would be happy to get something early 1800's, even though I don't really plan on doing camp follower at re-enactment events, just so that I don't feel I am wasting my money if I can't get anything else cheap.

I'm fairly thin, but top-heavy (I take a 38D bra) and my boobs aren't exactly what you would call 'pert'. So, people. What would you recommend and where should I look? I'm not great at sewing and don't want to have to attempt to make something unless there is no other other option.

If anyone is getting rid of something that would work, I would definitely be interested in acquiring it, and would pay reasonable costs. I'm not upper-class - most of Dickens' characters were from the extremely-poor end of the scale, so anything too posh is definitely out!
wandererriha: Original Art by Me (Living History)
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Um hi. I'm Riha, a bit of a n00b to the fandom. I did a lot of Renaissance stuff back in PA before relocating to south-western VA. Since then, I have discovered the joy of the 18th c. I guess you could say I've been promoted a couple hundred years. ;}

I am VERY LOOSELY affiliated with the local reenactors guild Fincastle Militia, and do most of my living history stuff down at Ingles Ferry. The site itself has only been LH for about 5yrs. This is my second full season with them.

I am one of three women on the site. I call myself the Indentured Servant (they won't let me do anything until I get better at this- haha). Mostly I either cook, or do sewing demonstrations. So far I've made two shirts and an apron BY HAND. Thinking about piecing a quilt next.

So yeah. That's me. :}
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Pics of the last weekend at Ingles Ferry.

As the photographer, I didn't really get any of myself. This is probably just as well as my cold weather outfit needs HELP.

Also, I think I may have killed my French bodice. --;


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