Patterns for Browncoats

The Browncoat Ball is coming up and you don’t have a thing to wear! Well, let me help you! I’m sure you’ve already read our articles No Sew Browncoat Ball Costuming and Dress Like a Companion without Sewing.  But what if you want to make your own stuff? Darlings, I don’t run a pattern company for nothing.… Continue Reading

Downloads

Downloads Frequently Asked Questions Welcome to the Downloads section! Reconstructing History takes pride in offering downloadable versions of each of its patterns. Our users find them convenient and easy to use. Should you have any questions, this FAQ should answer them. “Where the heck have they gone?” We used to have separate products for print… Continue Reading

Great for Amateurs and Professionals

I discovered Reconstructing History when I was the Assistant to the Resident Costume Designer at a Shakespeare company. At the time, I appreciated RH for their easy-to-follow instructions. Now that I am sewing recreationally for the SCA, I still appreciate their user friendliness, but also how each pattern includes the historical background to the garment… Continue Reading

Hire Kass

Hire Reconstructing History’s resident clothing historian, Kass McGann, to present lectures to your group! Kass McGann is an historical clothing researcher specializing in medieval through early 20th century clothing. Since the 1990s, she has studied extant garments in museums worldwide and made accurate replicas using only period-appropriate materials and handwork. She has given lectures all… Continue Reading

I’d order 10 more if I could!

I’d order 10 more if I could!

I would just like to finally say Thank you to Kass and the rest of the team over there at Reconstructing History for the great…nay…outstanding job on my early 20th century Irish tweed suit. It was and is just perfect and I would recommend this organization to anyone out there that is historically conscious (or… Continue Reading

A great pattern for my winter coat

A great pattern for my winter coat

Here is the coat i made from pattern RH937 Gentlemen’s Top Coat. It’s a great pattern. Specially the collar. I cut the under collar square on the tissue so it really folds around your neck. I used camel hair as reinforcement for the collar and lapel. My mother taught my to ‘pique’ the lapel by… Continue Reading

My first time!

My first time!

This is my first time wearing my very first stays or corset I’ve made, using Reconstructing History’s pattern for 1740s stays! It was much easier than I anticipated! I made some mistakes and learned a lot. This pattern is so easy to interpret, I am very thankful to Kass McGann for creating it! Continue Reading

My entire wardrobe

My entire wardrobe

I made this with RH201. This pattern has essentially become my entire wardrobe, as a lower/middle class Englishwoman c1600. I’ve made over half a dozen of these jackets in various colors and fabrics. I love it! Continue Reading