Dress of our Group.
We use authentic patterns of the 1763-1784 era in our group, and have a library
of them which each group member is able to use for free if s/he sews. We only
ask that you make a copy of the pattern and not cut up the original. If you
do not know how to sew, we suggest you learn the basics at least, because it
will save you a lot of money in this hobby. We do have, however, a seamstress
and a tailor at our disposal who are quite skilled and willing to sew items for us/you, or you
can purchase some of the items from various historic merchants. See our links
page. One particular item to note, is that we strongly encourage members' clothing to fit the cut and style of the time, which was close and conforming to the body. They did NOT wear clothing loose on our frames, like nowadays. When one looks at original paintings, both coats, breeches and trousers are conforming to the body.
This is a picture of one of our soldiers. In summary, to get this
look you will need:
- 1 pair of shoes, black, rough leather out, round or square toed and buckled.
- 1 pair of socks for trousers, or stockings for breeches. Always have an extra set.
- 1 set of leather leggings that end anywhere from above the knee to the groin.
*This is only needed if you wear breeches.*
- 1 pair of overalls (gaitered trousers made of Russia sheeting, see Najecki
for that material), or knee breeches made of linen or wool. Knee ties will
be needed for the breeches. Overalls are our preferred choice.
- 1 set of braces (suspenders) to hold up the pants, if needed. Properly tailored
clothing should not need this however.
- 1 white linen or check shirt. Always have an extra one on hand.
- 1 black horsehair stock (preferably), or leather.
- 1 white woolen weskit (vest). The back can be linen.
- 1 short, light infantry style regimental coat. Green faced white (wool)
without lace, white turnbacks and tails, "Butler's Rangers" buttons,
white linen lining for shell.
- 1 round hat that can have its leaves brought up to form a cocked hat when
we are on parade.
- 1 haversack; oatmeal linen is preferred.
- 1 cartridge box with black belting. Musket tools and cloth may be attached
- 1 black leather frogger for carrying bayonet and possibly a tomahawk.
- 1 regimental breast plate saying "Butler's Rangers." One crown
cypher brass badge engraved with "Butler's Rangers" that goes on
the outside of the cartridge box. Green wool in the background. Order these
or Gedney Godwin.
- 1 canteen. Various shapes to choose from. Get a stainless steel one. Wooden ones leak and can have bacteria infestations.
- 1 powder horn, (optional). Never carry real powder in it.
- 1 musket & bayonet. Various models to choose from but we strongly recommend,
based on research from original documentation, that you purchase a Long Land
Service Musket (a.k.a. 1st model) Brown Bess. You may choose a 1742 or 1756
model; the latter one is more convenient. Our preference is for the Long Land
to be used, but you may discuss the issue with the group leader if your heart
is set on something else, such as a fowler or trade gun.
a photo of one of our lovely ladies. At a minimum, a fully kitted out woman
should have the following items:
- 1 pair of shoes, black, smooth leather out, rounded or pointed toe, buckled
or laced your choice.
- 1 pair of stockings, but an extra is always nice.
- 1 pair of knee ties to keep those stockings up!
- 1 shift (chemise, nightgown), lightweight white linen. White linen tape
around collar and sleeves.
- 1 set of stays (corset, replaces the bra). Tougher weight linen or hemp
with metal boning (available from Jas
Townsend) and strong tying string (available from Wooded
- 2 petticoats (skirts), minimum, made of linen. Can switch to wool in cooler
- 1 pocket, linen, underneath petticoats, for carrying items.
- 1 apron, made of linen.
- 1 short gown, linen,.
- 1 mob cap, light weight white linen.
- 1 straw hat. Various models to choose from.
Here you see both of our commander's beautiful kids. When children are young,
regardless of sex, they may be dressed in a simple white linen shift, linen
mob cap, and shoes, either Chinese slippers or centre seam moccasins. Once they
get to be around six, you should start kitting them out in proper reenacting
gear for kids. As you can see, they don't like their mob caps and prefer wearing
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