The Yesteryear's Essentials Revisited: Fads and Fashion of the Federal Era Clothing Conference


Join us for a weekend of Federal Fashion!



7p-9p: A Social Evening 
Enjoy an evening of merriment and diversion to kick off Yesteryear’s Essentials Revisited! Period attire recommended but not required. 
Sponsored by the Old Northwest Military History Association


8:00am: Registration and Check-In
                Check in at the Visitor Center and enjoy a free continental breakfast

9:00am: Regency Fashion Show – Tamia Land

10:30am: Beautiful Bosoms – Kathleen Kannik
Foundation garment create fashionable silhouettes. How can we achieve the look of the 1790-1820 era? This session will address some of the common questions about stays/corsets, such as styles, engineering, proper fit, materials, construction, terminology, actually wearing them, as well as safety, health issues, and alternatives. This is a crash course in foundation garments, and there is something for everyone, women and men. Be prepared for frankness. This may not be suitable for children. Feel free to leave if it is “TMI”.

11:30am: Lunch Break and Shopping

12:30pm: Brett Walker – “Tippecanoe and Tie-Shoes Too: Civilization and Connections in Regency-Era Frontier Shoes”

1:30pm: Lydia Fast – “An Overview of Regency Hates from an Interpretive Perspective”

2:30pm: Tamia Land – “Little Adults? What Children Wore”

3:30pm: Ericka Osen – “Stick Pins and Starch: A Look at Men’s Accessories”


10am: Bonnet Trimming Workshop by Lydia Fast – $35
Get creative tips on attaching and arranging trims so they are ready for the upcoming re-enacting season. Attendees should bring an assortment of ribbons, feathers, and flowers to finish off their straw or buckram bonnet. Attendees are encouraged to contact Lydia ahead of time for materials and source suggestions

About the Presenters:

Lydia Fast has an MFA in the fine arts and has been a self-employed artisan for  28 years. The last 14 years of her work has focused on interpreting Regency era millinery, with excursions into early-mid 20th century millinery. Lydia’s work interprets images and extant work of the era, employing modern materials and techniques, as well as creative license, to achieve a period look. In addition, Lydia has hosted numerous Regency bonnet workshops, co-hosted by Ft. Meigs. 

Kathleen Kannik has been interested in costume design, sewing and needlework since a small child, beginning to sew clothes for herself at age eight. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education and Journalism from Central Michigan University. Since 1982 she has been involved in living history, and is a member of groups from 18th and early 19th century eras, museum and historical organizations, and is a past member of The Costume Society of America. She began researching and developing period clothing patterns for her own use, and later married another re-enactor who was involved in clothing research and construction, Fritz Kannik. Together they started the company Kannik’s Korner, which publishes patterns and related books. They have made period clothing for many people over the years. Their primary research interests extend from the mid 1700s through 1820s. Their goal has been to increase accuracy in period clothing and bring a better overall appearance to the portrayal of historical characters. Kathleen has written and published The Lady’s Guide to Plain Sewing, Books I and II, and The Workman’s Guide to Tailoring Stitches and Techniques to aid others in making quality reproduction clothing. Kathleen is also a counted cross stitch designer, depicting historical sites located primarily in Michigan and Ohio, and is a model theater enthusiast. 

Tamia Land has been a volunteer at Fort Meigs since 1996.  She developed an interest in early nineteenth century clothing and has done research in collections around the country.  She has given clothing talks to several different groups, including MOMCC, the Mississinewa Battlefield Society and the NMRA, the Way Public Library, and has previously spoken at Yesteryear’s Essentials: Material Culture for War of 1812 Reenacting Conference. Tamia and her husband make reproduction clothing for the War of 1812 and the early nineteenth century.  Their clothing may be seen at Fort Meigs on the staff and in the displays.

Ericka Osen has overseen the Historic Clothing departments of both The Henry Ford (Dearborn, Michigan) and Conner Prairie Interactive History Park (Fishers, Indiana). While in those positions she managed both staffing and production of historic clothing. Part of her duties beyond the coordinating of staff, construction of clothing and maintaining of all records was to create clothing patterns from original clothing artifacts and drafting systems. She created these patterns in AutoCAD based computer programs as well as by hand drafting. Ericka has also lectured extensively on the subject of 18th & 19th century clothing for museum organizations such as Midwest Open air Museums, Association of Living History, Farms and Agricultural Museums and the Smithsonian.

Brett Walker began his interest in historical leatherworking and shoemaking nineteen years ago, beginning the first of two formal apprenticeships early in 2001.  Brett produced shoes and other leather items for a major film production and several living history museums before beginning his museum career in 2007 at Landis Valley Museum in Pennsylvania.  In 2008 he was named as one of Early American Life magazine’s top 100 craftsmen, just prior to joining Colonial Williamsburg’s shoemaking team as an apprentice under the renowned colonial shoe expert and master shoemaker, D.A. “Al” Saguto. In 2012, Brett was awarded certifications as a Journeyman Boot- & Shoe-Maker, and immediately began his second college journey, this time toward a degree in History and French.  He has conducted extensive documentary and archeological research since 2006, including comparative studies of French and British footwear, ca. 1730-1780.  Brett lectures at historic sites throughout eastern North America and is currently writing a series of meticulously-documented historical fiction books in which the primary character is an eighteenth century shoemaker in British North America.

Price: $75 ($65 if registered by March 1st)

Additional cost of $35 for workshop

How to Register: Call 419-874-4121 

Photo credit: Weaver