I already have a lot of this stuff – I have a good set of undergarments, custom-made and period-correct in every way. That includes the drawers, underhoop, overhoop, hoop itself, and chemise. I also have a great corset that pulls it all together.
I have a few different ensembles, but none of them are period-correct. The closest is this pastel one, and it does have a matching hat that can fudge it into being period-correct. I do have a set of beige gloves that I wear with this. With undersleeves and a corset, this ensemble will look better.
I’m dressing in it on Saturday, to give tours at our antebellum mansion Gordon Hall, home of Judge Dexter, who founded the town. It will be better than ever, but it still won’t be exactly right – I figure I have plenty of time before next summer’s event.
I’ve been working on this since before this summer’s event. It seems like this will be an annual event in Dexter, my hometown, and that I’ll be going to a few reenactment events in the tri-state area with my family to meet people and learn new things every year. (I am so impressed with myself that I’m doing this, by the way.) =)
So I need the following, to make a good period-correct impression:
cotton stockings with either elastic garters or rubber ones
cotton hoop with steel bones
steel-boned canvas/muslin corset
corset cover? (I think this is optional)
a few removable straight collars
All of that should be white or ivory cotton. Black undersleeves and collars might come in handy, if I were to portray being in mourning.
A proper bodice (either gathered at the front and back or darted front with fiddle back, with full sleeves (coat-style or pagoda)
Skirt in matching fabric (cartridge pleated at the waistband, hem guard and hem tape at the bottom, full 180” sweep)
A proper hat or bonnet (decorated quite extensively)
Brogans or granny boots
Here’s a photo of me in all the undergarments, without the corset.