Family Portrait 1863

Family Portrait 1863

Kitty, Steven and Jasper Anthony
Labor Day weekend Ohio Village hosted a vintage baseball tournament. Teams came from all over and we were fortunate that photographer, Bruce Schultz came up from Louisiana to make real tintype photographs in his studio tent. Here is a link to his site for more information about his work.
http://www.tintypesforever.com/

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Kitty’s Dress

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Kitty’s dress is finished! The cotton fabric is a blue, green, and brown print of birds, leaves, flowers, and branches on an ivory ground. It has brown cotton epaulets at the shoulders, matching brown piping at the sleeve hems, and brown fabric covered buttons. The collar is an antique ivory lace collar from my collection.

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Drawing of Slide Half Cake Box

Drawing of Slide Half Cake Box

This is the paint box I am trying to match.

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Drawings of Paint Brushes from the Era

Drawings of Paint Brushes from the Era

The Winsor & Newton 1849 catalogue shows brushes with wooden handles and metal ferrels that are made of sable hair.  I have many brushes like these in my collection that I can use.  I will sand off any printing and steer away from painted handles.

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Dress Making Part 1

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For the mother’s dress, I first made a test of the bodice and sleeves in some spare fabric similar in weight and weave to the final fabric. Even though Kitty’s corset hadn’t arrived yet, we were able to test the bodice fit by having her try it on with a similar corset and her chemise on. I was able to tell that the fit through shoulders and neck worked well. I’ll make the final bodice able to have fine tuning adjustments made to the waist when we have her corset.

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Dresses

This woman seems more my age.  I like the collar/broach/tie combo and love the stripes.  This looks like a silk dress and also is darker than I am thinking.  I remember seeing images of sleeves like these when we talked to the experts at OHS.

This woman seems more my age. I like the collar/broach/tie combo and love the stripes. This looks like a silk dress and also is darker than I am thinking. I remember seeing images of sleeves like these when we talked to the experts at OHS.

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What Boys Wore

From Visit-Gettysburg.com

“Farm boys or town apprentices wore heavy, coarse, durable fabrics that could withstand the hard daily labor. Jackets and pants were made from denim or canvas. Children during the Civil War also wore cotton shirts, woolen vests (in cool weather), and suspenders (not belts) to hold up their pants. Wide-brimmed straw hats protected outdoor laborers from the sun.  Continue reading

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Boy’s Patterns

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Boy’s band collar shirt pattern from Abraham’s Lady  Continue reading

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Audiobooks, Podcasts, & More

I’ve been enjoying listening to learn more about the people, events, changes and challenges both large and small before, during, and after the Civil War. Here are some Audiobooks and Podcasts I recommend:

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Corded Petticoats

Antique 1840's corded petticoat from HistoricalSewing.com

Antique 1840’s corded petticoat from historicalsewing.com
This petticoat has a drawstring waist with 10 rows of cording at the hem and 13 rows spaced further apart (2.5″ apart?)

“From the late 1820s through to the 1860s, there was a structural undergarment that was required in order to get the “proper” bell-shape to your skirt: the Corded Petticoat. It came into fashion right after the Regency era when the waist line was slowly dropping and before the American Civil War when hoop skirts were commonly used.” ~ Jennifer Rosbrugh in 5 questions about corded petticoats at HistoricalSewing.com  Continue reading

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