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A History of Ladies’ Riding Jackets

Ever wonder why women dress how they do when horseback riding? Curious as to the history of equestrian gear? Here is a quick history of ladies' riding habits from the archives of Reconstructing History.

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The History of the Frock Coat — Part 1

Ever wonder how the frock coat came to be? Wonder why late Victorian frock coats look nothing like late 17th century frock coats? Here is a quick history of the frock coat from the archives of Reconstructing History.

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Pattern History

Patterns have only been commercially available since the late 19th century when companies began to produce patterns intended for homemaker use. But the history of patterns stretches far back through the centuries. As apprentices, tailors learned how to take a customer's measurements and draft the pieces that would make up the clothing to be constructed. The patterns a tailor made during his apprenticeship would often stay with him throughout his entire career. Needless to say, patterns were closely-guarded commodities and were not shared for fear of losing business.

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A Lady’s Habit Shirt

A look at a shirt for an 18th century riding habit.

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Thread (Linen) Stockings

The most popular material for stockings in the 18th century wasn't wool and it wasn't cotton. It was linen. Knit yourself a pair of thread stockings and be period!

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A Brown Wool Riding Jacket

Construction of a brown wool riding habit for wear as an 18th century traveling costume.

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A Quilted Wool Petticote

An article on quilted wool petticoats, worn for warmth in the 18th century, but also decorative. Also my attempts at replicating one.

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A Safflower Frock Coat

Bob's safflower frock coat. Everyone loves a man in pink.

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Sources for Information on Clothing During the Late American Colonial Period

Books useful for 18th century reenactors.

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George III – The Mad King

A bio of Mad king George.

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George II

The Georgian Period Gets Underway

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The Revolutionary Era

Revolts in America, France, Ireland...

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18th century gallery

A gallery of photos of 18th century reenactment.

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