February 16, 2013
I'm Loree aka\"Bethsmom76088\"
I love historical clothing. I have been involved in living history for about 20 years. Mostly local events in the north Texas Area. The only national event i have attended was the 135th battle of Shiloh in 1997. (my hoops still have mud stains) Now it seems like the events we participate in are fewer and farther between.
I usualy do a 1860's farm family impression. Easier on the budget than dressing a family of four in finer fabric, now that we have children it seems that I am always in a rush to get an outfit ready for someone before the next event. (ok I procrastinate alot)
On March fourth my oldest Beth is supposed to do a Texas History presentation at school, in costume. Of course I have waited till the last minute to plan her clothes. Her person is Frances Cox Henderson wife of the first govenor of Texas.
My question for you all is do I dress her in true 1840's styles or do I just go for an authentic 1860's style that she can then wear later this season at living history events?
The only fabric I have on hand is 12 yards of a lite blue check. So that will be the fabric I use.
thanks Loree \"bethsmom\"
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I'm not sure how the presentation is supposed to go, but perhaps you could tie into the presentation that her garments are before her time she is representing and how they differ from what would be worn for 1840's. That way they get history from two periods of time, not just one.
Or, as Geneece said, I am sure other's won't really notice, but it is nice to educate with the right information. I would make the garments for 1860 and then weave it into the presentation.
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