18th C. for Beginners: Caps

Caps. This will be a series of posts that have information for people starting out. My goal is to help people get their feet on the ground. 

A Coffee Chat

A few years ago I ran into a mention of coffee in Bedford County, Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War. Other than visiting the Williamsburg coffeehouse I knew little about the subject. Coffeehouses are not one of my “things”, but the cultures of the counties that are carved out of Bedford County are an interest of mine.

Legwear

Wrap Indian Leggings Cotton and Linen Stocking Leggings Farming, Markets and in the Woods   Military Others Overcoat and Matching Leggings Riding Leggings Ribbed Leggings Markets Oddities

Dutch Blanket Imports

Dutch Blanket Ads Dutch blankets are currently the focus of a lot of research and discussion. I am sharing what I have. It will take a while to get them all sorted and up. These are images that I will continually add to so that the information is easily accessible. Feel free to take the images and […]

Draper – Copying Ads Using Merchants

Paul and Paul

What is this all about? My goal is to take an ad, artwork, or account from the 18th century and use an 18th century merchant, or several merchants to make the look come to life. Making it happen is the focus of this section of articles. I will try to post them periodically. This post highlights […]

B&T – Copying Ads Using Merchants

What is this all about? My goal is to take an ad, artwork, or account from the 18th century and use a merchant, or several sellers of wares to make the look come to life. Making it happen is the focus of this section of articles. I will try to post them periodically. This post highlights […]

A Gown – The Shortened Hot Mess

In 2016 I thought I had lost a gown. It is one of my early gowns. I had drafted the pattern myself. Although there was a lot wrong with the construction I was very fond of it. This image of me in it was the first time I had ever done laundry publicly. That brown […]

Yokes Made from Hoops in the Colonies

Until 2015 I believed that the yokes shown here were only found in Europe. Reading the following article about hoop yokes I realized my mistake. Once again memories of one’s youth during the late 18th century have gave me new insights. In the 18th century, and throughout history, water carrier was a necessary job. Yokes […]

Runaway Thoughts

I decided to write down my reading of a runaway this morning. I decided I wanted to re check a runaway where I knew a wrapper was mentioned. I think every time I read this ad I get more confused on things. It confuses even things I thought I kind of had sorted out. This […]

18th Century Shirt – Part 3

Shirt Construction This is not a transcription. The pattern is slightly modified from Deb Najecki’s original, which can be found here, along with notes on it by Ruth Hodges. This is part 3 of the pattern article. This is a guide to help people create a shirt for the time period using free community resources […]

18th Century Shirt – Part 2

18th Century Shirt Pattern This is based on Deb Najecki’s instructions. With modifications based on suggestions from the 18th Century community. The original with with notes can be found here. Thread: Hand sewing most of what I work on, I always wax my thread with beeswax. This keeps it from twisting and knotting. Best Linen […]

18th Century Shirt – Part 1

Where This Pattern Originates Most of this post is not from my personal research. In combining research others have done and posting it here, all of the information I have used in making shirts is in one place. I am not a shirt expert. The pattern is a pattern that Deb Najecki shared freely, with […]

Deb Najecki’s Shirt Pattern

I am sharing Deb Najecki’s Shirt Pattern here. There are three blog entries concerning this pattern on this site.

Military Wash Slideshow

The Military Wash Slideshow How to do the wash, whether you are a patriot or a loyalist changes little in the time 18th century. If you would like to see one about civilian wash techniques please view the other slideshow on this site. It goes into greater depth on some of the subject touched upon […]

Poem – The Woman’s Labor

Mary Collier A few years ago I stumbled into a poem. At the time I did not realize that Mary Collier, the woman who wrote this poem was, herself, a poor washer woman. An early self taught woman with a voice, and a hard life. It was done as a rebuttal. She felt that Stephen […]