This week has been a very busy one for me. My good friend Boone, has come back from his visit to the past, in Kentucky and Virginia. He has been so excited about his time there, that he has encouraged me to get with it, and make myself a nice 18th century garment too.
Well that was all well said, but when I attempted to make myself the typical English style clothes, the tightness of the fit, and the many layers, wreaked havoc with my heart condition, and the next thing you know, it was beating all out of whack. That wouldn't do so I had to re-think the whole thing.
I had to take my shoes off, living in the tropics, can sure make wearing dress shoes a royal pain. Besides, I think it suits the peasant look I am going for, far better.
I was reminded of these pieces I had, when I was looking at some bobbin lace Dutch bonnets, in an online collection, of a museum in Boston.
The fabric was some, I had in my stash, that had been a gift from a friend. The print pattern of the cloth is called Nantucket, and it very closely resembles that of a fabric on a Dutch gown, that resides in the Metropolitan Museum, in New York. I was so excited to find that out, as it saved me untold dollars, and countless hours, of search to find the right fabric. The only problem I encountered, was that the blue fabric was polished to a high shine, so without further ado, I turned it to the back side, and instantly had indigo colored cloth, without that hideous shine.
Most of our Dutch family dates to the 1600's, here in America. They came over as colonists to New Utrecht, in what is now, New York City. They had large families, and soon outgrew the space, so moved on from New York, over to New Jersey, where they fought in the Revolutionary War. From there some moved to the Yadkin River Valley, in North Carolina.
Among them was Aaron VanCleave, the 6th great grand-nephew, of my husband, Gregg. Aaron also happens to be, the 1st cousin 8 times removed, of my 1/2 brother, Philip Thomas.
It was this Aaron, who bought the land belonging to Daniel & Rebecca Boone, and his daughter, Jane VanCleave, that married Daniels brother, Squire Boone. They along with Daniel, took Boone's Trace, out to Kentucky, to Boonesborough, in the 1780's, and suffered along side him, all the privations of the savage wilderness.
Now all I need are some wooden shoes, and I would be the perfect, "Colonial Dutch", frontier peasant.