This lovely dress was part of an article in Pieceworks Magazine at http://www.interweave.com/needle/projects/Story-in-a-Dress.pdf The article contains information on the fabric and construction of the dress and information on choosing a costume for reenacting. At the bottom is a list of period sutlers with historic goods.
"Period fashions and fabrics today captivate all kinds of people: actors, costumers, restorers,teachers, and scholars, as well as people involved with historic homes and living-history sites.
Fabric companies study them as source material, designers,for inspiration. An expert on all aspects of vintage clothing, quilts, and fabrics is Nancy Kirk, teacher, textile scholar, appraiser, collector, president of the Quilt Heritage Foundation, designer of contemporary and reproduction fabrics, and proprietor of The Kirk Collection inOmaha, Nebraska.
Kirk reads fabrics the way Martha Stewart reads a guest list, recognizing old friends, attention-grabbers, and delicatedarlings in need of support." Read the rest of the article at http://www.interweave.com/needle/projects/Story-in-a-Dress.pdf