Past Reflections

Past Reflections Dedicated to providing museums, historical sites and living historians with the finest quality and accurately made garments and accessories available.
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Past Reflections has been providing historical accuracy in period clothing since 1986. Our mission is to provide you with the clothing you need to accurately portray the living history person you want to be.

I've had a few busy days here... working on new designs for collars and men's braces.
04/15/2020

I've had a few busy days here... working on new designs for collars and men's braces.

OMG! Where is the year going!!?? Once again, I am in my computer world, digitizing some more awesome collars and cuffs, ...
11/10/2019

OMG! Where is the year going!!?? Once again, I am in my computer world, digitizing some more awesome collars and cuffs, braces and other accessories for the coming year. More photos to follow...

this past weekend I had the pleasure of spending time with friends in Hannibal MO for a "Weekend with Mark Twain"and the...
09/20/2019

this past weekend I had the pleasure of spending time with friends in Hannibal MO for a "Weekend with Mark Twain"and then we went to the Steamboat Arabia museum. What a great get-away.

08/08/2019

What a great week! I got to spend time with my bestie in North Carolina and be twinsies at Corsets and Cravats!

Here we are at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry, South Carolina.
08/03/2019

Here we are at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry, South Carolina.

Making some new linen cuffs to bring with us to Corsets and Cravats.
07/26/2019

Making some new linen cuffs to bring with us to Corsets and Cravats.

07/18/2019

Beth and I are getting so excited about going to Corsets and Cravats in August

So...as long as I am awake at 4:00 am in the morning I figured that I would post some eye candy for everyone to goggle a...
02/20/2019

So...as long as I am awake at 4:00 am in the morning I figured that I would post some eye candy for everyone to goggle at.

Well, a new year is upon us and we are still doing new and exciting things for you, our wonderful customer base. This is...
01/11/2019

Well, a new year is upon us and we are still doing new and exciting things for you, our wonderful customer base. This is the latest image of a collar, dated 1858, that I am working on digitizing. I will post a photo of the finished products ASAP.

What a nice afternoon at Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit. Marie Lobbezoo & Marilyn Hughes came to keep me company at the ex...
12/02/2018

What a nice afternoon at Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit. Marie Lobbezoo & Marilyn Hughes came to keep me company at the exhibit I set up in the visitors center.

Beth and I had such a great time at the Corsets & Cravats conference this past weekend. Can't wait until next year.
08/12/2018

Beth and I had such a great time at the Corsets & Cravats conference this past weekend. Can't wait until next year.

07/11/2018

Digitized a wallet from an 1858 pattern. First stitch out is pretty satisfactory. We'll have at least one at Corsets & Cravats in Aug.

Happy July to everyone!Just a reminder that Beth will be set up in Gettysburg with Ben Tart, so stop by and see them
07/01/2018

Happy July to everyone!
Just a reminder that Beth will be set up in Gettysburg with Ben Tart, so stop by and see them

06/21/2018

We've been working on a new collar and cuffs. Beth will have a set or 2 for sale at Gettysburg. Make sure you stop by the B & B Tart sutlery if you are going to be at the reenactment in July.

I just wanted to post some more images of the exhibit at Greenfield Village this Memorial Day weekend. Some of the beaut...
05/29/2018

I just wanted to post some more images of the exhibit at Greenfield Village this Memorial Day weekend. Some of the beautiful dresses and accessories belong to either Pam Yockey, K Krewer, Susan Hughes, Brian Koenig or Carolann Schmitt. It is a wonderful thing to be asked to exhibit my items along with theirs for the public to enjoy. Thank you all for your participation in the historical clothing exhibit.

05/20/2018

Getting ready for Civil War Remberence weekend at Greenfield Village next weekend! I truly hope the weather holds and we get a great turnout. I am looking forward to seeing all of you, showing some of my children's original clothing pieces and sharing my PowerPoint presentation "Fun with Richard and Jane". Make sure you stop by and say hello to me.

03/10/2018

Not long now.... Kalamazoo show coming up this weekend. Can't wait to see everyone!

Thank you Issac Smith for allowing me to post this image on our FB page.
02/14/2018

Thank you Issac Smith for allowing me to post this image on our FB page.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of being in St Charles for MHF. Sadly, this is the last time for this wonderful event. I...
02/09/2018

Last weekend I had the pleasure of being in St Charles for MHF. Sadly, this is the last time for this wonderful event. I will miss it as well as the wonderful people I have met over the years of attending. Thanks for the memories, Mike Bollow.

Sitting here looking out my front window, I am reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the New Year. My visit...
12/31/2017

Sitting here looking out my front window, I am reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the New Year. My visit with Beth Fausell Tart was WAY too short, and I am missing her already. Thankfully she and Ben made it back home to NC safely. Some of the things that are in the works from us at Past Reflections, are some new patterns and some new ideas to try. We hope you all have a safe and happy New Year and we look forward to seeing everyone at MHF, Kzoo gun show, Greenfield Village and many other upcoming events.

Past Reflections's cover photo
11/15/2017

Past Reflections's cover photo

10/27/2017
Civil War Digital Digest

Thank you to William Eichler, Jeremy Bevard & Felicia Konrad for asking us to contribute to another wonderful episode of the Civil War Digital Digest!

It’s time for the second installment of the women’s sleeve type series! What is a closed sleeve? We answer this with a table of original dresses and many detailed photographs of these dresses. Near the end, we get to see a great original dress that was modified from an open to a closed sleeve type.
Civil War Digital Digest is supported by viewers like you.�https://www.patreon.com/civilwardigitaldigest

https://youtu.be/3tp8i1Da3uQ

07/21/2017

It is with great sadness that I inform our friends and customers of the passing of a great lady and friend, Betty Loba. She had a stroke several weeks ago and did not recover from it. Gayle Simmons will let me know the details of any and all memorial services being planned for the Gettysburg and Michigan area.

Thank you to all the visitors that came by the Village Pavilion to see the wonderful original garments that were shared ...
05/30/2017

Thank you to all the visitors that came by the Village Pavilion to see the wonderful original garments that were shared by Pam Yockey, Carolann Schmidt, K Kathy Krewer and Brian.

05/16/2017

Just got confirmation for the times and dates for the Apron presentation in the Pavilion at Greenfield Village Civil War Remberence... Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 at 3:00 pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Past Reflections's cover photo
01/23/2017

Past Reflections's cover photo

Masquerade and Fancy Dress Ball..... Don't miss it at MHF next month.
01/22/2017

Masquerade and Fancy Dress Ball..... Don't miss it at MHF next month.

Lords and Ladies! Feast your eyes upon this year's amazing seminars and workshops!! The live performance schedule will be posted next! What a great line-up!!

10/30/2016

Just finished drafting a vest pattern for a customer. Now to get it cut out and done in time for the Crystal Ball in Gettysburg.

Can't help it....a friend sent me this, so I have to pass it along to our friends. BTW.... Beth will be at Perryville to...
09/20/2016

Can't help it....a friend sent me this, so I have to pass it along to our friends. BTW.... Beth will be at Perryville too. And we take credit cards too!

09/03/2016

Well, we are gearing up for the fall events. Beth will be setting up with Ben Tart at Perryville and then again at Cedar Creek. Make sure you stop in to say hello, and see what's new in our line of Past Reflections patterns.

08/06/2016

Once again, sad, sad news on the Past Reflections home front....Beth's father-in-law, Lee, has gone to heaven to be with his bride, Betty. My condolences to Ben and Beth in this time mourning.

08/04/2016
Men's Vests - Vol. II, Episode 16

Vests are an everyday part men’s wear during the Civil War. Watch Episode 15 to see several original vests and learn common features and construction techniques. This episode features Jackie Jacobs from Past Reflections Reproductions and several original vests out of her collection.

https://youtu.be/Jcvt8Pjb0zY

Vests were a common article of clothing in a man’s wardrobe during the Civil War era. In Episode 16, we get a glimpse into the range of these garments by vie...

06/20/2016

WOOHOO! We have hit the 1000 likes goal. Thank you to all that come visit our FB page and give us a like or a comment.

We had such a great time at Greenfield Village over Memorial Day weekend. It was so nice to see people that we haven't s...
06/05/2016

We had such a great time at Greenfield Village over Memorial Day weekend. It was so nice to see people that we haven't seen in a long time, and it was nice to meet new people.

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My Aunt just told me about this beautiful site for wonderful clothing fabrics. Especially for children's dresses. But some of the fabrics would be pretty for Civil War clothing. I have not seen some of these fabrics for years.