Saturday, March 12th was also a typical sunny day as we gathered for breakfast and then broke into groups for sewing seminars. Robin led the advanced seamstress in a pattern draping workshop that would provide them with a basic pattern that could be modified for most dress styles from 1850-1880. Jane from Ft. Griffin instructed the group of Girl Scouts and other ladies on basic hand sewing techniques and helped them get started on creating a period appropriate skirt. We broke for a delicious lunch and then returned to the seminars. Many ladies brought items to exchange and sell. Items ranged from period clothing, shawls, purses, bonnets, gloves, crochet hooks, jewelry and just about anything else a frontier lady might need. At 4:00 we began to prepare for a formal tea in one of the fort building. A couple of visitors passing by were kind enough to take pictures of the ladies as they gathered. Inside the tables were beautiful and lovely music was provided by a string trio of young living historians, Cheryl M's three daughters. Thanks so much to Sara and Cheryl who organized the lovely tea. Conversation was lively and various ladies shared their living history memories. Following the tea, we adjourned to go to supper and return to our quarters.
Sunday was another sunny day as we gathered at Officer's Quarters 8 again. Our friend from Louisiana, Joan, This time we choose a buckram hat base to begin designing a hat for our outfits. The time periods of the bases ranged from 1850-1890. Out came enough feathers, lace, trims and other fluffy things to rival a milliner's shop. Hat making continued after lunch until about three o'clock when ladies prepared to travel back to their homes. Heartfelt thanks to the Sharon for organizing this grand time, to Jane, Arnie and Robin for their expert instruction and to Sara, Cheryl and her daughters for the lovely tea.