With the Bicentennial coming and the Commemoration of the War of 1812 fast approaching, let’s talk fashion! Re-enactors take fashion VERY seriously so I asked Gayle Allen of Four and Twenty Blackbirds about what to wear circa 1810. She directed me to Spencer’s Mercantile.
Check out their web-site. She’d love to sell us articles of clothing and accessories but she also sells patterns for those of us who are skilled with a needle. Susan writes:
We are happy to help you out with costuming and so forth for the 1810 era, and we can either provide you with many of the items required to do so or direct you to other reputable dealers who provide these items. In particular, if your folks are looking for sewing patterns with which to create their own costumes and books from which to reference accessories, fabrics, and the like, we sell those; for those who are looking for ready-mades and fabrics, we can give you good references; and for those who are looking for accessories such as gloves, hats, and shawls, we can provide those directly.
As a starter, may I invite you to explore our website, in particular the sewing patterns section? Please drop us an email or give us a call so that we can advise you on specific items and “must haves” as a starting point.
|We are dedicated to supplying the most accurate and finest quality period reproduction items covering the time period of approximately 1740 to 1820, including items for the French and Indian War, the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Regency – Jane Austen period. Recent additions to the lineup include items for the Edwardian – World War I period, as well as a few items well suited to the WWII period. The store’s retail location also houses an intriguing mixture of unusual giftware, cards, and the like, as well as a large selection of loose tea and selected packaged foodstuffs from Four and Twenty Blackbirds Bakery.
Spencer’s is also the founder and sponsor of the annual Historic Merchants’ Christmas Gathering trade show and Christmas market, and of the HistoricMerchants.com website.
|Susan (“Sioux”) Spencer, Proprietress
Susan can’t remember when history was not an important part of her life. Thrust into sewing at an early age by a mother frustrated by constant “borrowings” of garments from her closet — which garments usually ended up as portions of costumes — Susan took her first “1st prize” in historical costuming at age seven and never looked back. An eager participant in Edmonton’s annual “Klondike Days” 1890s festival from the time she could toddle, it surprised no one when she ended up working at Fort Edmonton in the late 1970s. There she cut her teeth in the business of making history interesting to the public. Life events caused a long professional hiatus from the world of things historical, but her passion for the subject led her back, and in 1993 she founded Spencer’s Mercantile. Usually found dashing off in at least seven different directions at once, she spends most of the summer months on the road throughout eastern North America. Over the winter, she can be found teaching classes and workshops, wreaking havoc in the store’s back room, plotting the next year’s travels, and volunteering her time on event committees, while trying desperately to get caught up on paperwork and occasionally even getting some sleep.