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I would like to become a Civil War reenactor.

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Thanks again, for taking the time to help me out. I really appreciate it.

if your intrested in doing a soldier impression, look for a unit that will let you as long as your willing to hide any long hair in your cap and bind your chest if nesscary.  Some groups are die hard sticklers won't let you, I'm looking to join a unit to do both as a traditional Ladies role and also a soldier's role preferably in a USSC (United States Sharpshooter Company)  But getting a Unit to respond to a female that wants to carry a gun, is like pulling teeth.  Ohh well, their loss!



--- Quote from: wtbacwr on March 23, 2007, 05:37:53 PM ---Thanks again, for taking the time to help me out. I really appreciate it.

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You can always go to my website (yes, shameless plug)  The ladies that began this site, Angela Dodge and myself have reenacting for more than 35 combined years.  We have been through the farb years and the Gone With the Wind years.  LOL 

A few other books that you should check out are not only "Who Wore What" but also "Dressed for the Photographer", Janet Arnold's "Patterns of Fashion 2".   I am trying to think of some other ones but I can't right now. 


Hello Kayla *wave* ;D I am pretty much in the same boat as you I would really like to get involved in doing a Civil War ladies roles...pereferably a southern women's role.  lol well I think we can both safely say there is quite a lot of info to get us started on outfits, and I can't recall just whom it was but I know that some of the major Pattern companies like Simplicty, McCalls or maybe some one else has put out some pretty decent patterns for Civil War era outfits. So keep an eye out for when Joann's has a sale on patterns they are pretty nice and if you are still in High School or College like I am then using something that will not cost quite so much will be very nice for you I am sure.
lol oh and by the way I didn't mention I am from Missouri as well! Also I remember Faye mentioning something about finding a unit that allowed civilian impressions. Thats all good and fine for finding out such info...but can anyone tell us how abouts do we find a unit that does something like that? are there any places online that have listing of units in Missouri that we can check out.
Well anywa Kayla I hope I get to see you at some point in the near future, and wish you loads of luck with finding a unit and with you costume. I am about 23 I am assuming I can probably wear something a bit more adult like to extent right?

Miss Melly:
Hello Miss Kayla,
It always makes me so happy to see young reenactors. My son is 17 and very much into Civil War reenacting. He developed an interest in the war in 4th grade.  I am protrayed as his widowed mother following him in the civiilian camp.
If you can find a local event it's a good place to start. Ask one of the ladies to show you "all" of her dress. A proper lady never shows her underpinnings in public. I was amazed the first time I actually saw all the layers ladies wore. The biggest rule I can say is get a corset that fits. No dress looks correct without it.
I would go with Past Patterns or any of the sutler sold patterns. I have had good luck with Galla Rock Patterns and Octagon Ladies patterns. Abraham's Lady sells patterns and very nice garments on their website. I started with ebay dresses, just research the seller! NEVER buy a dress "Scarlett" wore. She's the ultimate farb. In my unit we will loan out dresses to new ladies.
I use the book "Who Wore What" a lot. We all have made mistakes starting out ( I have pictures!). Hang in there, study the dresses and by all means ask LOTS of questions.


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