I have been making Civil War historical reproductions and reenacting outfits for over six years. Each one is so unique and fun to create. If I could I would make Civil War dresses all day every day. There are so many possible styles and designs and different fabrics can really change the look as well. There are so many possibilities.
I only ever use 100% cotton material and when possible 100% cotton thread. Button holes, hems and trim are always sewn using hand stitching.