Getting Started

Contained in this section is detailed information for putting together a basic kit (the bare minimum and simplest garments that are acceptable). Each page contains links directly to the fabric and patterns you need help take the guesswork out of creating your own clothing.

Note: Please understand that the store suggestions are recommended based on their quality of products vs the price. I would recommend using linen to start as it is authentic, not terribly expensive, easy to work with, and is lovely to wear. The recommended linen (from http://www.fabrics-store.com/) is the cheapest, yet still very good, linen I have found to date. If you are starting out and it’s coming on winter, you may want to make your clothing (bedgowns, children’s gowns, breeches, and waistcoats) out of wool. Wool is expensive but worth it. Some of the best wool can be found at Wm. Booth Draper. Stick with:

  • Flannel for shifts and shirts (white only) or for petticoats, bedgowns, child’s gowns, breeches, and waistcoats
  • Worsted for petticoats, bedgowns, child’s gowns, breeches, and waistcoats
  • Silk/wool blends for petticoats, bedgowns, child’s gowns, breeches, and waistcoats
  • Wool broadcloth can be used for waistcoats, coats, breeches, and cloaks

Acquiring Your First Kit

Civilian Women’s Basics

Children’s Basics (Boys to age 6, Girls to age 13)

Civilian Men and Boys (over the age of 6)

Tips ‘N Tricks for Weather (for women)