Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Where to find Revolutionary Outfits

L to R: Carol Jutte, Martha Koletar and Kathy Miller

Carol Jutte is wearing a Revolutionary dress that she made herself from a pattern. Butterick Pattern #3071, Simplicity #3723 and McCall's #9423. (Just as a side note the patterns if purchasing are $16.95 each so ladies may want to barrow mine) They are expensive.  Carol  also has already made and free to anyone 1 apron and 2 mop hats. They just have to have a long skirt and a blouse to wear with it. 

Martha Koletar purchased her Betsy Ross with flag from website; Amazon.  It came in only one size, but she noticed that there is one for sale at that comes in different sizes. It is Item #TRAD746. As for the dress that Martha is wearing in the photo, it had no bust seams and lacked about 4 inches meeting in the back. It also was too long so she had it hemmed. Martha would advise anyone to get the largest size because these costumes tend to run small.

 Kathy Miller made part of her outfit and purchased other items from website:  They do have a reenactment catalog and are located in Indiana.

 She also made her jacket and apron. Kathy's costume consisted of a chemise, pockets, drawstring skirt, a fitted bodice or short gown, and a straw hat. Dressed in that order all items are historically correct for colonial America and Revolutionary War era. All are 100% cotton, as the only material they had at the time were cotton, wool and silk. No blended fabrics. Also, for that period there were no buttons, or zippersl They used brass pins, hook and eye fasteners, or laces to hold the garments together on women's clothing or as in the skirt twill tape was used. The apron Kathy made had no pattern, but an apron should cover most all of the skirt. All items are handmade in Indiana using authentic fabrics selected from Mr. Townsend himself. Kathy's outfit represents the "common woman". An outfit worn everyday by most women in Colonial times. Missing items from Kathy's outfit would be the stays and authentic stockings and shoes.

Pat Tucker purchased her exquisite ball gown from a website:
She also purchased many other items to make this outfit
 a real eye catcher. This is a ball gown depicting the style that was prevalent in the colonial period. You will see similar design features in dresses from these times with the contrasting fabric inset in the front and a variation of the bodice facings. The bodice of the dresses were designed to be tight fitting with the skirts attached at the waistline. The fabrics and the more intricate deigns designated where the clothing was to be worn. This dress is a combination of taffeta and velveteen fabric with the gold tulle accents. Hoops were sewn into the petticoats and corsets and pantaloons of some type were worn underneath. The hair was styled high on top of the head, bushed upward off the forehead and some types of curls dangling along the neckline. The hair was adorned with dressings of ribbon, jewels, pearls, feathers and tulle fabrics. Wigs for women were also popular.

Phyllis Wilson saw the child's version of her dress on line. She ordered it from: She needed to have measurements for her chest, waist and the length from her shoulder to the floor. She can provide you with additional information about her experience with Kelly the owner who lives in Arkansas and is the mother of 9 children.   This site offers a lot of additional sites to visit for costumes.

Pat Tucker, Martha Koletar and Phyllis Wilson posing for a photo at the District VII Meeting in Southport, August 2015

North Carolina Regent's Pin Order Information

You can also order your Name Tags for $25  from Denise Peters and a patriotic scarf for $34. This includes tax and shipping on both items. Contact Denise if you have any questions.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

District VII Meeting Held on August 10, 2015

L to R: Honorary President General; Merry Ann Wright, District Treasurer; Meg Smith, District Secretary; Eleanor Getz, District Vice-Director; Lisa Pomeranz; District Director; Barbara Lewis

The Brunswick Town Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (Regent, Diane Kuebert) hosted the District VII Meeting on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 10:00-2:30, which was held at the Southport Community Center on 223 East Bay Street in Southport, NC. There was representation from all of the seventeen chapters in District VII. There are eight districts throughout the state of North Carolina with 105 chapters. There were 127 members in attendance. District VII Director, Barbara Price Lewis is from the Battle of Rockfish Chapter in Wallace, NC. The Vice- Director, Lisa Pomeranz is from the Brunswick Town DAR Chapter in Southport, NC. The secretary, Eleanor Getz is from the Liberty Point Chapter in Fayetteville, NC and the treasurer is Meg Smith from the Stamp Defiance Chapter in Wilmington, NC.

This year the NSDAR is celebrating our the 125th  anniversary. Many chapters are doing something special to celebrate this event. Show your community in a special way that that DAR is a relevant, vibrant, service organization. On October 24th DAR members will be participating in an event sponsored at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson and will be wearing Revolutionary attire. Shannon Walker, assistant site manager at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson will give more specifics of the event at a later date. Visit our Brunswick Town Chapter blog for additional information about this event and what our chapter is currently doing. 
Eleanor Getz, District VII Secretary, Diane Kuebert, Regent of the Brunswick Town Chapter and Honorary President General, Merry Ann Wright chatting at the District VII.

Carol Jutte hold the beautiful patriotic
 floral arrangement that she designed for the anniversary of 125 years of service for DAR.

DAR member Phyllis Wilson was a greeter at the District VII meeting. She assisted visitors with directions to where the community center was and where to park their cars. She also directed them to get a ride with Hank Pomeranz, Lisa's husband  and John Suttle, Dianna's husband. True HODAR's.

Emily Weil and Susan Brown, both are members of the David Williams Chapter.

Brunswick Town DAR members Betsy Hamer, Mary Sands, Cindy Gulledge, Pat Tucker, Jan Sponsler and Lois Ambler busy working or preparations for the District VII lunch.

Brunswick Town DAR Members getting the lunch bags out on display for all the members to enjoy.
Pat Tucker, Martha Koletar and Phyllis Wilson posing in their Colonial attire next to the delicious looking desserts that were available at the District VII meeting.

Denise Peters
NC  State Regents Project Chairman

Vicki Kay and Lisa English 

Beautiful doll designed and dressed by Lisa English from the
 Battle of Rockfish Chapter
Brunswick Town DAR members Kathy Miller and Lee Benjamin are  looking over the lovely scarves for State Regents Project sponsored by Elizabeth Graham.

'Robynn Rutledge and Cricket Crigler at the District VII DAR meeting in Southport.
Carol Bennett 
Brooke Triplett
Carol Bennett and Cindy Gulledge handling registration of guests

DAR Dues for 2015-2016

2015-2016 dues are now due in the amount of $70. Make checks payable to Brunswick Town Chapter NSDAR and mailed to Chapter Treasurer.  The deadline for this year’s dues is November 11, 2015. You may also bring your payment to a Chapter meeting this fall. 

Nancy Mazzei, Treasurer
542 Riverwood Drive
Bolivia, NC. 28422