A friend sent me a message earlier this week saying that she was going to an event in February and needed to know exactly what to wear. I thought rather than reply to one person, I could make a post out of it because I’m sorely lacking in “look what I made” posts. This isn't the finished article, but I thought I would post it while the ideas are percolating in my mind and add to it or edit it later.
My first thoughts are that what your clothing needs are in the winter and summer really aren’t that different. In the winter you just need more!
I’m assuming she’s going to an event that is dated somewhere during the Civil War and it’s not a pre-war event. Working on that assumption here is the list I would prepare for myself before I went. I love lists!!!
Sturdy leather boots
Stockings – preferably wool
One pair of drawers for every day
One chemise for every day
A shortened petticoat to wear next to the drawers
Skirt support *
Three to five petticoats depending on the circumstances of the event
One sturdy dress – preferably wool
This list is the typical list I would recommend for anyone going to an average weekend event. The only differences I would have would be the textiles recommended and those would change with the weather.
Additionally I would plan on bringing a few things because this event is * I think* is taking place during winter in the Midwest.
Outerwear, either a coat or multiple shawls if you don’t have a coat.
Rubber over-boots to protect your leather ones
*It is my belief that most women attending Civil War reenactments would be portraying someone existing in the middle class of society. From the research I have done, and the tons of research belonging to other individuals that I have read, or discussed I believe that the vast majority of women would be wearing skirt support on a daily basis. Either a cage crinoline or a covered hoop, but something would have been worn. There are plenty of working circumstances that would limit the size of the support, but not necessarily negate the use of said support.