In the last category is the change of the site’s magazine from the Colonial Williamsburg Journal to Trend and Tradition.
The last, and first, issue of Trend and Tradition includes an article by Ben Swenson on Colonial Williamsburg’s leather breeches initiative. Unfortunately, this is not one of the articles that can be accessed through the history.org website because I think a lot of folks who make reenactment garments would find it interesting.
The major points:
- “Leather breeches were as common in the 18th century as blue jeans are in the 21st.”
- “The modern tools that now exist to re-create 18th-century costumes on a large scale can’t accommodate the properties of leather.”
- “all the breeches produced in the 18th century were made from the hides of deer or other wild game, which were processed differently from shoe or belt leather.”
- “The leather is similar to other fabrics in some ways, but there are just enough differences to throw you off.” —artificer intern Emma Cross
- Good leather breeches are “snug at first, but are pliable enough to stretch, giving everyone’s moving parts a range of motion.”
- “They could resist the punishment of a snag or repeated wear-and-tear that might rip gentler fabric.”
Here are a couple more articles about leather breeches from Two Nerdy History Girls and Making History, which is also the source of this handsome image.