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Fabric and Patterns, 1790s-1800ish?

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Hi
A small group of us are recreating the Terrible Knitters of Dent for an event in the summer, and would appreciate some suggestions for suppliers of fabric for this period. I have plenty of Hainsworths' wool lying around but for us women, we'll need something lighter weight.

I've trawled the links here, and Googled, and still can't find anything that looks like printed cotton (for a woman's day-time gown, sort of farmer's wife, not too posh) that looks bang on for the date? Anyone with more experience of this date got any suggestions? Also, patterns for male and female clothing. We are all experienced at living history but come from different periods to eachother, and to this. I just got Janet Arnold's 'Patterns of Fashion 1' and already have Norah Waugh's 'Corsets and Crinolines' but that's the extent of it!

Any suggestions gratefully received.

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Assuming lighter weight materials are appropriate, (I'm not that sure myself, Dent wasn't a rich area.)
Try William Booth over in the States
http://www.wmboothdraper.com/Cotton_Pri ... htm#Prints

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http://www.reproductionfabrics.com/

Although this is an American comapany, they are very quick to send, and the fabrics inerxpensive, and are a very good weight. having dealt with them I highly recommend them.

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Will you be going for something like the Wensleydale knitters image in Costume of Yorkshire?
http://www.allposters.co.uk/-sp/Wensley ... 50730_.htm
If so, its going to be plain cloths mostly, rather than prints

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I have a range of suitably coloured plain linens that would be good for this.

If you are after cottons there is a gorgeous shop in Berwick Street, off Oxford Street, London. They have a rotating selection of really good light-weight cottons with stripes and Indian block-prints that are good for Regency clothes.

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We'll be a bit of a mix as we've been asked for knitters/spinners but also a posh Lakes tourist and a couple of beggars - we're taking the characters straight from the journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, which is nice and specific when it comes to beggars, luckily for us. The knitting schools based on Yorkshire farms seem to have been yeoman class - I managed to track down and research several farms named by the grandchildren of the Dales/Westmorland knitters - and then the kids sent to knitting schools might have been farmers' kids or labourers - quite a mix. In 'Old Hand Knitters of the Dales' there is mention of some pretty well off farmers' daughters knitting on a commercial scale, as well as poorer kids like those in Southey's story, so that gives us a chance to portray both ends of the spectrum, hopefully. Some farmers were also lead mining, so there was a surprising amount of money circulating, in some old families. Unbelievable poverty and hardship in others.

Will be looking into all these kind suggestions, for fabric sources and see what we come up with - I feel a lot more hopeful we can find something, now. The Leech Collectors in George Walker have patterned clothes, btw and Walker says how unusually well dressed the yeoman farmers of Yorkshire were, compared to farmers from elsewhere. I can well believe it, having seen a fair few 18thC wills and inventories! What interests me about the Wensleydale picture is the shortness of the skirts. That would make total sense. Walker was a bit privileged though, and some of the backgrounds in the pictures slighty fictionalised, so it is hard to take them too literally.

Thanks again for the help! It's appreciated.

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http://www.dutchquilts.net/shop/home.php?cat=1

Here's a few of example of what they do

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Gorgeous....that fabric could persuade me to change decades :D
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Grania wrote:Gorgeous....that fabric could persuade me to change decades :D
The only thing stopping peeps using these fabrics for early 18thC in our group is ....well one persons belief that they are 10-20yrs too early and 'wrong for our period' but then they are happy to use a telescope that is at least good 50 years too late =o/ heyho.
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No comment. :angel:
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Forgot to add Duran Textiles - mouth-watering some of them are:

http://www.durantextiles.com/bildspel/index_2.htm

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