>can anyone help me with period correct wedding gown patterns and
>photos also what would the groom be wearing for a military style
>wedding (assuming reggies) as well as the rest of the wedding party
The woman would wear her best gown, or a new gown, shortly to become
her best gown. They didn't have a uniform style gown like we
currently have...that evolved MUCH later.
It'd probably be a light colored silk, since most silks were light
colored, to show up at night, under candlelight. Unless she couldn't
afford silk, in which case it might be a cotton print (hard to find
an accurate one, unless you have access to someone importing sari
fabric) and they are hard to tell which are accurate, unless you have
someone with the research background...or linen or wool.
See What Clothes Reveal, for many styles, and Costume Close up for
cutting shapes/pattern making (both by Linda Baumgarten) and Fitting
and Proper for more gown making how-tos. But it's much easier to go
to a gown draping workshop to make one...they aren't hard, once you
see it done, and before that, it's tricky to reinvent the wheel...(I
reinvented the wheel with Sue, and then attended a workshop...take
the workshop! And I'm not a novice, by any stretch, and the workshop
helped a LOT). They offer them sometimes in W'burg (W'burg itself,
or Burnley & Trowbridge) and up in NE offered by Carrie Midura, and
sometimes elsewhere by other people.
The style would be the usual gown style, appropriate for the wearer's
station...trimmed as she would usually trim the gown...worn with the
usual stays, cap, etc.
Hope this helps...
Colleen, Neen @ alum.MIT.EDU
at home with 4 kids 18th Reenactor Mom
who never met a textile craft she didn't want to try