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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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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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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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May 10 & 11, 2013

Civil War Encampment to Take Place on Statehouse Lawn

May 10 & 11, 2013

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The 13th Ohio Statehouse Civil War Encampment was held on May 7-8, 2010. The event was hosted by the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A.
Photo courtesy of the Ohio Statehouse Photo Archive.

Columbus, Ohio – A two-day Civil War encampment will take place on the Statehouse lawn; May 10 and 11. The 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A Civil War re-enacting group will offer living history lessons during an 1860s-era encampment of Union Army Troops on the West lawn of the Ohio Statehouse both days from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.  Continue reading

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Pantalets

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1860 pantalets, Metropolitan Museum

Pantalets were made of bleached white cotton. I have a least 1 pair in my “trunk”. I need to dig them out. The pattern is simple and easy to figure out from looking at a pair. Trimmings of tucks, lace, or embroidery on the ones I’ve seen were similar to cotton petticoats.
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Sewing Supported the Civil War

Needle and thread were important tools for women in supporting and giving comfort to soldiers. The last gift a mother, wife, or other female relative often gave to a departing soldier was a sewing kit, called a “housewife”, that they made for him to carry to repair his uniform. Women gathered in church halls and parlors to sew the vast quantities of bed shirts and linens needed for the wounded. The work likely gave them some solace and a chance to share news as they gathered to work. Read more in Ardeana Hamlin’s article at Bangor Daily News.

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“Women contributed to the war effort in innumerable ways. Women’s domestic work, including sewing, took on new meaning when their labors were destined to assist soldiers.”  Selection from “The Influence of Woman”, Harper’s Weekly, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries
Link to online archive of the exhibition “Women on the Border: Maryland Perspectives of the Civil War”.

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