Re: [WarOf1812] Re: RedCoat Pattern
- In a message dated 1/30/2001 9:49:04 AM Central Standard Time,
<< Excellant job! What are the approx modern day equivalents to the sizes?
Are they easily up sized (I feel like I work at McDonalds)to fit the portlier
members of the
> It is produced in the four standard "issue" sizes, each graded usingearly 19th century
> tailoring systems.This raises an excellent point. On particularly large persons the front
lacing on British Jacket can look very skimpy, is there a scale to
proportionally expand the lace to cover the same amount of the front of a
modern man as it did on the period soldier?
> From: BritcomHMP@...Andrew writes:
> This raises an excellent point. On particularly large persons
> the front
> lacing on British Jacket can look very skimpy, is there a scale to
> proportionally expand the lace to cover the same amount of
> the front of a
> modern man as it did on the period soldier?
I will let Jim Yaworsky explain how he went about fitting a coat to one of
our latest recruits. Suffice it to say the guy is 6'7" and powerfully
built: the number of bastion loops on the front had to be increased from 9
to 12 to avoid the "skimpy" appearance.
Of course if you are of normal height and the problem is "portliness", don't
overlook altering your belly to fit the coat by diet and exercise. Your
body will thank you and you will look and feel better on and off the field.
I have made some progress in this regard this winter and hope to take the
field looking a little less like Tweedledum next spring. Those crossbelts
aren't forgiving of bulk.
Andrew Bateman, 1/41st
- --- In WarOf1812@y..., marspubs@e... wrote:
> The pattern that Peter has discussed below will be published andWelcome aboard, Jim. I'm a bit late coming in on this, but here are
> released by Past Patterns, probably no earlier than late Spring.
my two cents...
I should just like to say that Jim is one of the few of us in "this
thing we do" who actually makes a living at it. He is a living
historian, researcher, author, collector and dealer of period
military antiques. His research is first rate, and his collection of
military hardware and artifacts is too. He has many originals of the
objects we try to replicate.
If I had to do it all over again when I began the 3/95th project, I
should have gone to Jim and said, "Jim, here's what we want to do: we
want to know exactly how we are supposed to look, act, march, drill,
etc. for 1814-15 around the Battle of new Orleans, and we'd like to
have everything documented and illustrated with plans, patterns,
etc.", and for a fee, he would research it all, and present it in a
timely fashion. But I didn't know him then, so, if I can give anybody
any advice, that is the only advice I would give: go to a competent,
Jim is frequently in the UK and all over the US and Canada doing
research in museums and at the PRo, etc. He has personal copies and
transcriptions of a myriad of orderly and inspection books, as well
as many clothing items and manuals from this era as well as others.
When I think of all the money and time I spent chasing down patterns
and gear which later turned out to be inappropriate for what we are
trying to do, as well as on huge postage, fax and phone bills, I
would have saved myself a LOT of money in the long term had I gone to
him first. So, if you're gonna do it, do it right! Thanks to Jim
Kochan, as well as Craig Williams, Keith Raynor and Robert Henderson,
the 3/95th is a going concern now.
If there are any you lurkers out there who are thinking about
starting your own reenactment group, you would do well to contact Mr
Kochan and have him help you out. But, as you would with any other
well-trained professional such as a doctor or lawyer, do not expect
his work to be gratis- but he knows what he is about, and you will
get your money's worth. Just ask Colonial Williamsburg, one of his
best clients. And, the HM 40th Foot (AWI),
( http://members.aol.com/HM40thfoot/ ), of which I am also a member.
Mr Kochan was one of the founding members of the 40th, and did the
overwhelming majority of the original research for said organisation,
and it shows.
- Kevin wrote in reference to the Past Patterns/Mars coatee pattern:
> Lorina, can you let me know when it comes out.I will indeed. I have this morning put in a query to Past Patterns to
see about advance promotional information and as soon as I hear I will post
to the list and update the website.
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