Thursday, June 20, 2013

Days of Napoleon - Belvidere

Nothing like a little sweat and heat to kick off my first whole reenacting season!
We all drove up to Belvidere, IL, to participate in a reenactment of several Napoleonic skirmishes.  The first day oscillated between freezing rain in the morning and oppressive heat in the afternoon (we had a water fight in our stays, though, so that helped,) but Sunday was glorious weather.  I can't say that I know much about the military details, but it sure was awfully fun to go to even though the Frenchies outnumbered us good Brits by nearly two to one (why doesn't anyone want to do a British impression? We're so much cooler.  Also, why doesn't anybody take shots during the battle? >:c )  But as it was the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, we got to win a battle anyways and honestly, it felt good to watch the frogs eat dirt.
Photo creds to Anne D.
As you can see, there were serious things going on allllll weekend.

I didn't bring my camera, so creds to Anne again c:
I spent half the time in my corded stays, but it got so awfully hot that I ended up wearing my significantly farbier short stays just to stay cool.  I did, however, get my camp dress nice and dirty, as it ought to be, and my Fugawees got a bit of wear.  And my regency camp dress (my first all hand sewn piece!) got all nice and dirty and eggy and accurate looking.
 I also whipped up an impressively last minute vest-that-totally-wasn't-supposed-to-be-a-spencer:
 Hand sewn, blue thrifted wool, printed cotton lining left over from my camp dress, silk piping made from leftover silk, and bullion trim from my grandmother's trim bin.  All in all, it cost me about $4, which to date is probably the least I've spent on just about any serious article of clothing.

 And of course, it doesn't work with my full-length corded corset.  Only with my farby short stays.  Naturally.  C'est la vie...
 (now! onwards! to fixing all of my 1860s clothes! D:)


  1. Fun! :P You look absolutely thrilled in those pictures! Sounds like the Confederate and Union here....except that the largest army (ours, confederate) always wins. :)
    Your fitting skills are wonderful...I love the vest with it's darling little trims. How does it fasten? I can't tell in the pictures.
    You're doing a great job! Keep it up! :D
    Theresa :)

    1. Thank you! Yeah, being from Illi the Union presence seems a bit stronger, though being with a Reb battalion gives me the opposite bias c:
      I meant to put more trim on it but ran out of time. It has hooks and eyes at the waistband and pins all the way up with straightpins for an adjustable fit. I actually sewed myself into it on the morning when it rained... Very cozy, even if it smelled a bit like wet dog.

  2. Ok, thanks! sorry about the wet dog part though...:O
    Theresa :)