Some of the clothing we use in our programs are 100% hand stitched and the quality of that shows. Verses buying some cheaply made garment that is not incorrect. Believe of not, we have had questions asked about our clothing and since we do make about 80% of our own, this process allows us to answer those questions thoroughly. Not to mention, it does give you the pride of knowing what went into making that garment and the appreciation of the work that went into it.
Our township historian wanted to make a pair of wild check trousers for a more upper-middle class civilian impression, such as a Chambersburg male, aged late 30's. Since he had the material on hand, in which he had found on the ground during one of his park checks, that was a freebie. The pattern itself cost about $15.00 and just add on a few dollars for thread. For less than $20.00 and a complete weekend, he had his new trousers. The savings? Well, he saved about $130.00. That extra money can now go into something else that will help to interpret or for educational tools at Monterey Pass Battlefield Park.
|Lay out the fabric and trace the pattern pieces. This is the most tedious part of the operation.|
|Look over the instructions and stack the pieces.|
|This is the button fly. You can use a machine, but it's easier to actually do this part by hand. Remember, hand stitch those buttons holes.|
|The hand stitched mule ear pocket.|
|After 18 instructional steps, the trousers are finished.|