I tried this a few minutes ago and I don’t think I got anywhere. 65 and still can’t follow directions I guess. I am not only new to this site but this the first time I have ever logged onto such a “board”
As you can tell by my name I am a reenactor –18th Century and I make clothing for this time period for myself, my family and a few friends. The patterns for this period are often complicated and the producers (using old garments truly from the period from museums) make assumptions that everyone is an accomplished seamstress or tailor and would just “know to do certain things. The garments are often short waisted so it is critical that one make up the bodice at the very least in appropriate weight muslin before you cut your “good ” material . My question here is does anyone have a good source for silk-linen, or cotton in heavier weights? (We can only natural fibers since polys would melt and stick to the skin if heated around a fire which we use at our reenactments). We live in Northern Illinois near Chicago. I am looking primarily for some Millend or outlet stores that sell fabric, trims, cotton or silk laces and finer light weight linen for modest pieces (a thin scarf that goes across the neck and shoulders. (think Martha Washington’s neck piece) I am also looking for a fairly large volume of silk or good quality , many colors, cotton embroidery (no neon’s or poly) thread since my husband has decided he wants a “court coat” and it will take thousand of yards of thread and trim to make it and the waistcoat. Buttons are also another desire since they are hard to find that look old and since we use 24 to 36 per coat you can see where that becomes a very expensive factor.
You would be amazed at the clothing that the original perople had and at the work that went into them. Believe me creating them again is a passion of mine. Thanks so much for any suggestions and if I can help anyone with the construction of these clothes I am willing to get intouch. Thanks so much.