I’m not ashamed that I often resort to bribery and jealousy to get people excited about things they don’t particularly care about. This is one such instance. I’m holding a regimental gown workshop this month to get some of our members out of bedgowns and shortgowns and into something a little better. In an effort to make the few people who have chosen to participate feel special, as well as those who chose not to feel just a little left out (enough that they’ll more seriously consider a workshop next time) I’m giving them these handy measuring tapes. And since I was making them, I had to make one for me as well…
The Challenge: Accessories
Fabric: 100% Linen Tape from Wm. Booth Draper (and a felt tipped marker).
Year: These are intended for 18th century use.
How historically accurate is it? It’s surprisingly close. Measuring tapes made of thin tape or ribbon were used. Tailors especially also used marked strips of paper to indicate a person’s particular measurements. For example, one mark would indicate the length of your breeches. Another would indicate the length of your knee band.
Hours to complete: Approximately 15 minutes each.
First worn: Not yet.
Total cost: $8.40