Happy #TBT! Costumes were first worn by Colonial Williamsburg hostesses during President Roosevelt’s visit in 1934. Over the years the costumes have become an accurate interpretation to those seen in the 18th century.
Diary of a Mantua Maker: Jackets A quilted waistcoat isn't quite a jacket, I know. I did a post on this a while back, but these are much better images. Based on an original at the Atwater Kent Museum. Mine is a cotton chintz with linen lining, bamboo batting, and linen tape binding.
Everyone involved in historic clothing agrees, the difference between costume and historic clothing is in the details. A theater costume can get away with synthetic fabric, zippers, and less accuracy because it isn't meant to be seen up close.