To Assemble a Beginner's Wardrobe:
- Begin with a shift, two petticoats, a bedgown, neckhandkerchief and cap. You will also need proper shoes and stockings, which we do not carry. Note--if you will be developing an impression which is Middle Colonies, German-American, or Quaker, let us know and we will equip you with a short gown instead of the bedgown.
- Next you'll want jumps or half-boned stays, and then you can be measured for a gown. You may want to have an apron, and some extra shifts or caps.
- Your basic gown can be dressed up with sleeve-flounces, a nicer cap and neckhandkerchief, a nicer petticoat and maybe a rump or hips. Accessorized with the correct hair-style, jewelry, fan, gloves, etc, you can wear your basic gown and be well dressed enough for just about any reenactment event except the most formal of balls.
- Eventually, you may want to start expanding your wardrobe to suit your specific persona and your reenacting needs-a cloak or a worsted gown and petticoat for cold-weather events, a wrapper for wearing around camp early in the mornings, a stylish jacket for a change of "look", and then perhaps a wedding gown, a formal ball gown, or a riding habit. Wherever your reenacting interests take you, we can ensure that you will be properly dressed!
We keep no "store stock". Every garment you purchase will have been custom-made for you. Our objective is that you be happy and comfortable in every item you purchase. For further information, please visit the Counting Room