|Embroidery accomplished by a young camper|
Carolyn Lawson, Sally Hall, and Delle Pierce of the Third Maine Volunteer Infantry rode the ferry to Peaks Island, dressed in their 1860s finery. Carolyn's personal history with Civil War reenacting began 15 years ago with the sewing of her first reproduction dress. All that experience shows; her educational living history programs for the public, school children, and reenactors have become popular, particularly now that we've entered the Sesquicentennial.
|Civil War Era Fashion Show runway|
"What gives the 1860s fashions 'the look'?" Carolyn asked. "A beautiful woman in the 1860s has a round face, a long swan-like neck, narrow sloping shoulders, a tiny waist, little feet, and we don't even talk about everything else in between." Hairstyles accentuated the roundness of the face. The layers of petticoats and the hoop skirt, combined with a corset and fitted dress bodice, created the effect of a small waist.
|Carolyn Lawson dresses a model in layers of undergarments, including the hoop skirts|
Carolyn's Suggested Resources for living history devotees and reenactors: