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A "quick-and-dirty" work petticoat

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I decided to quickly throw together a petticoat this week! I'd already seamed the panels, and today I decided to finish it (because, after all, I'm going to an event tomorrow - and there's nothing quite like last minute sewing!!).

Garment Data:
- Type: Petticoat
- Date made: August 9th, 2013
- Pattern: None. Based on the basic guidelines by Liz Clark
- Fabric: A basic light-weight cotton in brown with thin woven stripes in a plaid/criss-cross
- Trim: None
- Time to finish: not more than a few hours, total! It was machine sewn, mostly freehand without a lot of pinning
- Notes: Don't look too closely at my hems, seams, or waistband! This is a purely functional petticoat. In fact, I found out that I'd pleated it wrong, so the waistband is a bit big - but, again, functional: not worth redoing!






Most sincerely yours,
~ Sarah

Painesville, 2012

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Reenactment in Painesville, Ohio, at the Lake County Historical Center! July 14th, 2012 (or 1862, if you prefer!).








Most sincerely yours,
~ Sarah

The Silk Umbrella

Originally written for the U.S. Civil War Ladies Auxiliary, Inc. newsletter, July 2012

The Silk Umbrella by Sarah Koby

Black silk was the favorite material for piecing out old clothes, because it suited everything… An old black silk skirt with nine flounces was a treasure in our family for nearly two years, and when that store was exhausted, we fell back on the cover of a worn-out silk umbrella. The finest traveling dress I had during the war, was a brown alpaca turned wrong side out, upside down, and trimmed with quillings made of that same umbrella cover. I will venture to say that no umbrella ever served so many purposes or was so thoroughly used up before. The whalebones served to stiffen corsets and the waist of a homespun dress, and the handle was given to a wounded soldier for a walking stick.
By Elzey Hay, from “Dress Under Difficulties: Or Passages from the Blockade Experience of Rebel Women,” published in Godey’s Lady’s Book, July 1866 (and reprinted in excerpt fo…

More possible Civil War hairstyles

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Playing around with hair - May 2013.















Most sincerely yours,
~ Sarah

Slat Bonnet

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In May I decided to make a slat bonnet so that I would have something to keep the sun off my face (my straw bonnet is pretty - even if it still needs work for accuracy - but doesn't do much against the sun).
The choice of the brown fabric was very much dependant on the fact that I don't have many pieces of cotton in my stash that were big enough! (At least, without being plain white.)

Garment Data:
- Type: Slat Bonnet
- Date made: May 2013
- Pattern: Liz Clark's: http://www.thesewingacademy.com/the-compendium/, specifically: http://www.thesewingacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/2010Slats.pdf
- Fabric: A basic cotton "calico" bought from JoAnn Fabrics as fat quarters. I used two. I recommend not piecing it this way, since you get odd seams and it's not quite as long as I'd like it, though it does work. Also, cardboard was used for the slats.
- Trim: None
- Time to finish: 2 days (with breaks!!!)
- Notes: A fun and simple project! I really liked it and…

A Ball!

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By February 2013 I had gotten my "ball" gown ready enough to wear. I'd been to a few reenactments (Summer 2012 - posts will follow at some point!), and was excited to hear about the Grand Military Ball in Canton, Ohio. (Edited to add: the ball is called the Ohio Regimental Military Ball [SK 2/17/2014])
I didn't get many great pictures (and I'm only posting my own photos on here unless specially noted), but I'll share what I have!







Most sincerely yours,
~ Sarah