We use authentic patterns of the 1790-1815 era in our group, and have a library of them which each group member is able to use for free if s/he sews. We only ask that you make a copy of the pattern and not cut up the original. If you do not know how to sew, we suggest you learn the basics because it will save you a lot of money in this hobby. We do have, however, several seamstresses in our group and a tailor at our disposal who are quite skilled and willing to sew items for you. Contact us for a list of names and contact for our preferred clothing constructors. One particular item to note, is that we strongly encourage members' clothing to fit the cut and style of the time, which was not only high waisted but also close and conforming to the body. They did NOT wear loose-fitting clothing like nowadays. When one looks at original paintings, both coats and trousers are conforming to the body. Unfortunately, the picture below does not show this ideal and is outdated.
This is a picture of a Sergeant. This is generally what a soldier should look like if he prefers the full regimental look with the exception that the Sgt's wool is better quality and a Private would not wear a sash. To get this regimented look for a Private you will need:
Same as above except these differences:
This is a photo of one of our lovely ladies. A fully kitted out woman should have the following items:
*Note* You may notice that we are describing a two piece item for ladies here, and at events you see most ladies wearing one piece Regency dresses. Both one piece and two piece combinations are accurate, although traditionally full gowns were reserved for the upper class, or a lady might have one in her collection for church and special occasions.
Since we try to portray hisorically accurate roles, and if we accept the premise that most women following the army are either workers hired by the army to do jobs, or married to Privates and NCO's, their dress should reflect their station in life; that of a common working woman. The two piece kit described above is typical for a working class female, but was also used sometimes, with finer material, for high class occasions. One-piece gowns were starting to become popular across class lines, so although both are correct, there are simply too many one piece gowns out there. When one looks at the paintings of William Pyne, the evidence is plain. He completed over 1000 sketches of working scenes of the common people in Britain right before the start of this war, and the strong majority of women are portrayed in working situations wearing a two piece set of clothes, not a one piece. We request that all women in our unit begin with a high waisted, two piece Regency outfit and then down the road may add a one piece outfit for special events. Ladies transferring from other units and who do not have a two piece outfit are asked to have one to wear before the start of the next season.
Here you see both of our officer's beautiful kids. When children are young, regardless of sex, they may be dressed in a simple white linen shift, linen mob cap, and shoes, either Chinese slippers or centre seam moccasins. Once they get to be around six, you should start kitting them out in proper reenacting gear for kids. As you can see, they don't like their mob caps and prefer wearing Daddy's hat.
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