Lisa Gilbert, Sewing Workshop - So you Want to Ditch the Haversack - Now What?

Many of us know that the haversack isn’t a particularly appropriate accessory for anyone portraying a woman from 1812. But the reality is, we have alot of “stuff” we need to carry around with us at re-enactments. So what is a woman to do?

This workshop will not only provide you with some historically correct answers to this conundrum, but also show you how to make something to fit the bill. Women used large reticules, of varying sorts, and they also used pockets.

After a short presentation which outlines what women used to hold their necessities in the early 19th century, you will have some time to make one for yourself. You can bring your own materials, or buy a kit with everything that you need to make a large reticule. This make-and-take session will give you an opportunity to come away with something practical, to use in the upcoming season and beyond.


Lisa Gilbert is a long-time local historian and community organizer. She is one of the co-creators of the popular Faire at the Forks, held in Chatham for fifteen years, and has been involved in War of 1812 re-enacting since 1986. Currently, she is the proprietor of Faire Tyme Fashions, which is a part of the Elegant Thimble collective. She loves historical costuming because it allows her to pursue her two favourite things – sewing and research. Lisa was a teacher in her pre-retirement life, so she can also put those skills to use in this make-and-take session.