This weekend, I am going to my first Mid-Century (circa 1869) Reenactment at the Perryville, KY Battlefield and Living History Museum. It's not the actual Battle of Perryville reenactment, it's called "Perryville on the Farm" and from what I've heard, the weekend is filled with horse trading and horse racing...very fitting for the Bluegrass area that I live in.
I was invited to the event a few weeks ago, and being so busy with all of the Regency stuff I'm making for the Jane Austen Festival, there wasn't time for me to make a gown. So, Beverly Simpson, the Camp Coordinator for the Living History Museum was kind enough to loan me and my daughter some gowns. And my dear friend Natalie at ZipZipsVintageSewing loaned me one of her hoops. All I had to make were aprons, bonnets, chemises and petticoats. This was a much bigger task than I expected...SO many layers and SO much fabric for mid-century clothing!!
It looks like I will be spending the day starching and ironing!!
My daughter Jane was thrilled with the fluffy skirt and comfortable cotton feel of the fabric. Even in her undergarments, she twirled and spun around the room exclaiming she was a princess.
I just adore this little pinafore! Forgive the fact that she is wearing it over her modern pajamas. I got the free patterns for the petticoats, chemise, pinafore and slat bonnet on Elisabeth Stewart Clark's website. They were very easy and quick to make.
When the weekend is over, I will post more about the gowns we borrowed and the events that we participated in. I'm eager to try reenacting, and yet, a little nervous because I'm one that likes to know what things are going to be like in advance. Also, the forecast is calling for a high of 94 degrees on Saturday! Yikes!! ....all of those layers.... if you don't hear from me in a while, it's probably because I'm recovering from a heat stroke!