Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn

Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn


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If you are interested in 18th Century Fashion or make your own, they are a great source and post some terrific details

Looking forward to seeing them at Fort Frederick Faire this April
If you ever find yourself around Weston, Missouri. https://www.facebook.com/The-National-Silk-Art-Museum-185495178150893
Don't you Remember,
The Fifth of November,
'Twas Gunpowder Treason Day,
I let off my gun,
And made'em all run.
And Stole all their Bonfire away. (1742)

To learn more about how soldiers and followers in the 34th Regiment of Foot may have experienced Guy Fawkes, enjoy this blog from "Jane Austen's London": https://janeaustenslondon.com/2015/11/05/pray-remember-guy-fawkes/


Festivities in Windsor Castle by Paul Sandby, c. 1776
1768 colonial American commemoration of 5 November 1605
William Henry Pyne’s The Costume of Great Britain, 1804
Various images from Historic Eastfield Foundation's 2019 Guy Fawkes event supported by members of the 34th Regiment.

Also, a big thank you to Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn for the link to Yale University Library's "Guy Vaux or F- blowing up the Par-t House !!!" and the Bowles & Carver illustration from the book Old English Cuts and Illustrations for Artists and Craftspeople, Dover Publications, Inc., 1970.
Archaeologists found scissors, straight pins, and a thimble on our site, and the Royalls' account books include several postings that document the purchase of sewing supplies.

From the wonderful Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn, this replica sewing kit -- known as a "housewife" in the 18th century -- is displayed on a table in the Royall mansion's Kitchen Chamber alongside a goffering iron, used to press ruffles.

In 1739 this room held the household's sizable collection of linens. Enslaved women laundered, ironed, folded, marked, and mended the dozens of tablecloths, napkins, and towels owned by the Royalls, and also made and maintained their own clothing.
So nice to meet you this evening! Thank you so much for the tutorial on making thread buttons...I love learning new skills!!
Here's an image which includes chip-carved knitting sheaths from the Brecknock Museum in Wales.
Paul, I would appreciate it if you were to post this photo of the loom we discussed. Can someone date it? Thanks. Edward Andrews
Talk about a surprise! I came upon your website (and FB Page), looking for a pattern for knitted stockings, and was delighted to see you are from Lake Geneva WI! The reason for the delight is I live in London, England, but am from Waukegan & Kenosha! Its amazing how small the world can be. - Anyhow, will be following and perhaps purchasing in the future. Keep up the great work, and feel free to contact me with any London/England inquiries :) - Many thanks, Tiffiny
Reproduction 18th-century "housewife," or sewing kit, from the shop of Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn. The item alongside it is a goffering iron, used to smooth the wrinkles from ruffled clothing.

Photo by Cody O'Loughlin for the New York Times.
The pocket sewn in from the wrong side of the cloth. The shape is taken from a surviving pair of 17th century breeches. There's a strip of broadcloth from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn to help the gathered waist stand out.
This wa a great event perhaps Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn will come once we are free of Covid the lecture about toys was very informative and the craft was plain fun!

Work 262-203-5192
Cell 815-382-8716
Website: http://wmboothdraper.com/
email: [email protected] Wm. Booth, Draper provides fabric, sewing patterns & notions to museums, state historic societies & historical reenactors.

Booth, Draper is a family owned business supplying museums, state historic sites and historic reenactors with fabrics, patterns and notions to make historically correct garments. Although our main focus is the 18th and early 19th centuries people buy our goods for all time periods from historic car interiors to ancient Greek warriors. Many modern people use our fabrics for interior design, herbal medicinal healing and environmentally friendly applications.

Operating as usual

Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 05/03/2022

Interesting details of a c. 1757 French shirt & hairdo seen in a bust of Jules-David Cromot, Baron du Bourg by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne II. This is at the National Gallery of Art.


Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 05/02/2022

Inspirational details from c. 1810-1815 A Girl of Baltimore, Maryland by Joshua Johnson You'll see this at the Harvard Art Museums.


You might compare this portrait to a girl of a similar age who lives in Maryland. https://www.facebook.com/wm.booth.draper/posts/4223148197721628

Resource: Jumps, 1702-1882 04/30/2022

Resource: Jumps, 1702-1882


Resource: Jumps, 1702-1882 Jumps: What, where, when, and why… This is a resource page dedicated to collecting textual references to women’s jumps, a somewhat mysterious undergarment of the long 18th century. I ha…

Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/29/2022

Revolutionary War Weekend at George Washington's Mount Vernon is April 30-May 1. You get to see a great American house, learn about the 1st president of the US, cheer on soldiers of the American Revolution & do some shopping.


How To Darn - But Make it Victorian || How to Repair a Hole in Clothes 04/29/2022

How To Darn - But Make it Victorian || How to Repair a Hole in Clothes

Although this is from a Victorian book the method hasn’t changed since the 17th century.


How To Darn - But Make it Victorian || How to Repair a Hole in Clothes *** Sign up for free sewing tutorials and a weekly love letter athttps://foundationsrevealed.com/free-level/ ***For us, Victorian sewing often means buying a...

Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/28/2022

Stocks are the most common neck wear of gentleman throughout the 18th century. Here are examples gentleman from northeastern colonies from c. 1756-1761. At this time, the stock completely covers the shirt collar & fills the neck snugly. Stocks are worn with the top 4-6 buttons undone to reveal the ruffled shirt below.

See what the stock & buckle looked like. https://www.facebook.com/wm.booth.draper/posts/1330278440341966

See examples of European gentleman wearing stocks in the 1770s. https://www.facebook.com/104341549602334/posts/1588995621136912/

Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/27/2022

Women sometimes wear a “ruff” around their neck. Ruff is an old fashion term but the 16th century garment continued to be worn just considerably smaller. Here are examples of ruffs worn on American women from 1754-1770.

Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/26/2022

Often modern participants at historic events wear indoor linen caps of various colors & patterns. This appears to be mostly a confusion of caps worn with wrappers & banyans which are a very different type of cap which aren't often made of linen but rather made of rich silks & worn by wealthy men to lounge around their house. Here's a selection of indoor caps worn with wrappers from 1754-1769 in Boston, Massachusetts. Look at the height of the caps & none seem to have a tied top, rather one appears to have a finged tassel.

You might compare caps worn with wrappers with indoor linen caps.

Learn the difference between wrappers & banyans.

Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/25/2022

April 30-May 1st, Wm. Booth, Draper will be open for business at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Until then we'll be spending the week at Colonial Williamsburg singing in a tavern or picking the brains of the historical interpreters.


Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/25/2022

The outermost layer of stays are often made of stuff, a generic term for the many types of worsted fabrics. Worsted was inexpensive, durable & very breathable therefore a good choice for stays. Often worsted stays were a light olive green, brown, blue or red. Here are several examples from America & England as examples.

Here's a list of worsteds currently available. https://wmboothdraper.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=3_19_21&zenid=93d01f7c28dcf9dbc4de211b9cc1f9ae

Thomas Jefferson Wore Patched Clothes and You Can Too! | Colonial Williamsburg 04/24/2022

Thomas Jefferson Wore Patched Clothes and You Can Too! | Colonial Williamsburg

Maintain your clothing with a patch. If you haven’t before, this explains how.


Thomas Jefferson Wore Patched Clothes and You Can Too! | Colonial Williamsburg Using 18th-century techniques to increase the life of your modern clothes.


Constance Smith at Fort Frederick, please stop in Wm. Booth, Draper.

Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/23/2022

Wm. Booth, Draper looks forward to welcoming you into his shop at the Fort Fredrick Market Fair 2022! The weather is perfect, so much to see and do after a 2 year hiatus. We would love to see you, show you our new fine fabrics, and assist you in your 18th century impression . Hope to see you soon.




BANYANS AND OTHER GARMENTS The Japanese gown was part of long-distance global trade during the 17th century. A comfortable garment which initially became popular to wear at home by Dutch men, who had direct access to Japanese trade via the Dutch East India Company. It became a luxurious fashion, visible in portraits during at...

The Guide to 18th Century Shaving 04/22/2022

The Guide to 18th Century Shaving

Being clean shaven is an inexpensive way to look the part 1700-1820.


The Guide to 18th Century Shaving The Guide to 18th Century Shaving If you just started traditional wet shaving, chances are the historical aspect of it intrigues you.  You may even find yourself searching the internet to find…

Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/21/2022

When new, women's shoes usually had a maker's label glued inside the opening. Here are examples of labels from London & Boston as examples. Regardless of where these shoes were made they were all worn in America.

Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/20/2022

Tomorrow begins Fort Frederick Market Fair near Big Pool Maryland & Wm. Booth, is set up awaiting to see ya'll. The weather forecast looks great! The fair runs from April 21-24 from 9-5. We look forward to the baked goods & seeing people we've missed for several years. What are you looking forward to?

Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/20/2022

Knotting shuttles predate the Victorian tatting shuttles. These shuttles produce rows of knots to be rauched onto gowns or other garments.

Get your knotting shuttle: https://wmboothdraper.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=23&products_id=499

Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/19/2022

Details of a 1763-1768 grenadier officer's mitre cap made in British North American colonies or England of wool, silk & linen. This is at the Albany Institute of History & Art accession number 1944.96.


See an example of a c. 1710 mitre cap at https://www.facebook.com/wm.booth.draper/posts/4012658882103895

See an example of a grenadier cap remade into a woman's pocket https://www.facebook.com/wm.booth.draper/posts/3195287237174401

A big thank you to Jennifer Richard-Morrow who notified me of this cap.

Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/18/2022

Not all men from Scotland were from the highlands. Here we have David Hume of Edinburgh at age 53 by Allan Ramsay. This is at the National Galleries Scotland.


Revisiting - and ACTUALLY visiting - Colonial Williamsburg 04/16/2022

Revisiting - and ACTUALLY visiting - Colonial Williamsburg


Revisiting - and ACTUALLY visiting - Colonial Williamsburg This video is the result of a lot of listening, learning, and introspection about historical costuming at sites of former Black enslavement in the United Sta...

Gown Construction Part 1 Back and Pleats 04/15/2022

Gown Construction Part 1 Back and Pleats

This is an hour long video making the back & pleats of a gown.


Gown Construction Part 1 Back and Pleats This is the next step in the Construction of the Gown for My Friend /Client Jenny.This video is how to put the back of the gown together and to make pleats._...

Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/14/2022

Fort Frederick Market Fair is April 21-24 after a 2 year hiatus! Wm. Booth, Draper is ready to go! We hope to see you there.

If you'd like to beat the crowds & know what you'd like, please order online leaving a comment "for pickup at Fort Frederick", we'll have your order bagged, charged with your name on it. But please plan ahead as the few days before can be very busy for us!


Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/14/2022

Details of a 17th or early 18th century English made scarlet red satin bed quilt backed with plain weave silk. This is at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Historical note: today these are known as “whole cloth quilts” to distinguish them from patchwork quilts that are so much more common. In the 18th century, these were called “bed quilts to distinguish them from quilted petticoats which were often referred to as “quilts”.

Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/13/2022

1740-1750 British waistcoat of white twilled linen embroidered in white thread in an exotic flower & strap motif, said to have been worn by Sir Robert Strange at the National Museums Scotland reference # A.1987.242.


Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/12/2022

Often people with Scottish ancestry like to portray c. 1750-1783 Scottish by wearing a kilt, etc. Kilts are often seen in satires to make fun of the Scottish, but in American runaway ads Scottish are not described as wearing kilts & from the majority of portraits, the wealthy Scottish also weren't wearing Scottish ethnic garments. As an example here is 1753 Thomas Lamb of Rye, England at age 34 by Allan Ramsay at the National Galleries Scotland.


See an example of a Scottish gentleman in 1763: https://www.facebook.com/wm.booth.draper/posts/4186287761407672

Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/11/2022

There's something for everyone, from the poorest laborer to wealthy merchant families in this painting from 1775 of The Courtyard of the Customs House in France by Nicolas-Bernard Lepicie. You'll find this at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.


Photos from Augusta Auctions's post 04/10/2022

C. 1750s natural linen stays boned in baleen bound in leather.


MFA Mobile: 11. The Lady’s Last Stake 04/09/2022

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A short 2 minute discussion about gambling then the Lady's clothing from this painting from c. 1759 The Lady's Last Stake by William Hogarth at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.


MFA Mobile: 11. The Lady’s Last Stake 11. Hogarth, The Lady's Last Stake



Back when your house wasn't insulated, you still could be!

Quilted petticoats with silk fronts, wool filling and backs, were popular and practical in a Northern colonial woman's wardrobe. This one belonged to and may have been sewn by Dinah Comstock of Rhode Island.

The style - the double trellis in the upper half, the elaborate border separating top and bottom, and the leggy stags, pomegranates and other flora are all characteristic of a group of petticoats with Connecticut and Rhode Island histories. They possibly originated at the same, yet unidentified school. The initials DC on Dinah's date it to the years of her marriage, about 1735-45, making it the earliest of this group of petticoats.

Learn more about this object here: https://collections.dar.org/mDetail.aspx?rID=160&db=objects&list=det&dir=DARCOLL&page=undefined

Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/07/2022

At many historical events people are selling & using brass pins with a large wound top. Don't fall for it. Modern pins look closer to originals than these. Take a look at these original pins along with a description of the needle & pin trade. Keep in mind that the original tinned coating often wears off the pins. Originally the pins would look like white metal, not brass.

Get heavy modern pins for pinning your gown, apron, handkerchief, &c. https://wmboothdraper.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=23&products_id=503

Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/06/2022

Determining shirt sleeve fullness in the 1770s becomes more challenging since the coat sleeves lengthened to the wrist covering almost the entire shirt sleeve. Here are American, English & an Italian in London from 1772 to 1777.

Learn more about shirts c. 1750-1780: https://www.facebook.com/wm.booth.draper/posts/1060458113990668

Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/05/2022

Inspirational details of 1748 Suzannah Speakman Inman of East Cambridge, Massachusetts at age 21 by Robert Feke at the Harvard Art Museums.


Photos from Wm. Booth, Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn's post 04/04/2022

British grenadier caps of the first half of the 18th century are always so ornate & interesting. Here's a selection from 1710-the 1760s.

Previously shared is this c. 1710 cap https://www.facebook.com/wm.booth.draper/posts/4012658882103895

Also a woman's pocket made of a grenadier's cap https://www.facebook.com/wm.booth.draper/posts/3195287237174401

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