Trying to learn fast

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Trying to learn fast

Postby Grania » Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:03 pm

First of all, apologies - I'm completely new to almost everything 17th century :$

I'm about to start voluteering at a local National Trust property, whose focus is mainly mid-17th century (one of the houses Charles II hid in after the Battle of Worcester), and have been asked to do different things around the property, mostly talking to the visitors while in costume. I know that other volunteers do similar things, but I also know the standard of the costume...and would prefer to do things a bit more authentically!

Currently, most of my living history kit is mid-eighteenth century. I'm intending to make something more suitable for the 1650s as soon as I can (as long as I can do it without spending a fortune), but does anyone know if simple (and temporary) things could be done to 1740s things to make do for the time being?
Finally, can anyone suggest a reliable source for clothing patterns and other info for this period? I don't like to go spending the money - or worse, giving information to visitors - and getting it wrong!

Thanks all!
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Re: Trying to learn fast

Postby sally » Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:06 pm

You might find your shift, stays and stockings will do under the new outfit, and possibly under petticoats and aprons. Shape wise though all the outer garments will be rather different



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Re: Trying to learn fast

Postby Grania » Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:08 pm

Yes, that's what I thought, but I'm having a hard time tracking down any sources/patterns for outer wear (preferably lower class) that seem reliable - could anyone point me in a good direction?

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Re: Trying to learn fast

Postby Karina » Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:29 pm

I have outer garments for that era going spare at the moment, PM me if interested and we can see if they will fit you. Maybe we can come to some amicable arrangement? :thumbup:


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Re: Trying to learn fast

Postby Grania » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:20 pm

Thanks ladies - I'll have a route around and a think! A very kind and much appreciated offer Karina, but I don't want to put anyone out! :)


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Re: Trying to learn fast

Postby steve stanley » Sat Jul 27, 2013 2:18 pm

Have a quick look at the Peggy's Neccessities website...Nice "How to get dressed" section.


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Re: Trying to learn fast

Postby Grymm » Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:10 am

And again, talk to other MM members, several have, and still do, dabbled in mid 17thC 'nactment over the last umpty years.


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Re: Trying to learn fast

Postby Grania » Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:49 pm

Thanks! I start tomorrow, so everything's very temporary at the moment, but I think I'm getting there! Thank you so much for all the help! :)


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