Sunday, April 26, 2015

Still a Long Way to Go, Colonial Updated Impression

While at Fort Frederick, I took some time to view the other vendors. Lots of nice looking clothing, but I am discourage at all of the machine stitching and high cost. At any rate, I observed many of the reenactors and living historians and quickly realized that many different time periods were being portrayed from F & I to Whiskey Rebellion. I did make some purchases to try and improve my impression since opening day at Monterey Pass when I conducted the Colonial Tour. Keep in mind, I know that the rifle I use is not really historically accurate and I have my doubts to the coverlet. But, I am trying to acquire and or make stuff as I go.

Here, I am wearing the basic over-shirt made from linen. This would be used for work related chores so not to muck up my good clothing I am wearing underneath.Since the day was a tad bit chilly, I chose to wear a knitted work cap. 

Two side views of kit for colder weather. Although, I am not portraying a soldier, I do have items to show that I would might be a ranger. Equipment I have is for me to live out in the field with a basic bedroll, powder horn, shooters bag, knife and a cartridge box. Tomahawk, tin cup and haversack are also shown. 

This impression is more for warm weather. The workers cap replaces the tri-corn due to the woods. I am also wearing a standard belly style cartridge box. 

Just an all around generic impression. 

So far to date, I have had been putting this together for about six months. With my Civil War period impressions, I spent several years putting them together. So, although, a long way to go, I have come a long way at the same time. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Colonial Pennsylvania South Mountain Impression

The impression is coming along very nicely. Fingers and thumbs are sore from sewing, but the end result, things are looking great.

 Although, I am still lacking a decent period musket and leather belts for the waist and belly cartridge box, I am wearing the standard garb that could be used for militia and minus the haversack, it could also be used for hunting. The blanket shirt over top of the basic undershirt and neckerchief. The leggins are made of wool, hand-stitched to fit over the stocking and protecting them from the woods and keeping my legs warm during the cool temperatures. 

This side view also shows my powder horn and a small leather shooter bag. The tri-corn hat completes the outfit. 

Here I am wearing the basic waist coat. The shirt I redyed in Walnut juice that I handmade. 

Here is another shot, this time I am lacking the wool leggins for the regular stockings.