Aaron Walker modeling one version of an American hunting shirt while sewing another. His hat, a black felt "round hat" with a buckled band and a decorative bucktail, reflects one type of headgear worn by American Revolutionary War soldiers.
Joseph Privott wears another type of hunting shirt, this one made from osnaburg and embroidered on the left breast with "Liberty or Death" (you can read about this interesting adornment in Neal Hurst's recent thesis)
Michael Ramsey, Nicole Rudolph, and Gwendolyn Basala at work on knapsacks.
Michael Ramsey sews a hunting shirt while Brendan Menz cuts strips of fringing material.
Gwendolyn Basala sews a hunting shirt.
Michael Ramsey sews a hunting shirt.
Aaron Walker sits tailor fashion.
Michael Ramsey sits tailor fashion.
Of course, to comfortably sit tailor fashion, we unbutton and unbuckle the knee sections of our breeches, which button there to achieve a tight fit (you can see Michael has undone his in the image above). Thus tailors' stockings, normally held up by the kneebands of their breeches, tended to slip down, providing fodder for satirists in the eighteenth century, like in this 1768 image and this one from about 1794. As we continue work on knapsacks, hunting shirts, and, soon, the rest of our marquee, you can see us sitting tailor fashion, and maybe catch us with our stockings down, on the webcam and follow our progress on facebook.