Monday, October 11, 2010

Wm. Booth, Draper: Store Review

Last weekend I got tired of spinning my wheels on the coat pattern, and took a break to think about the rest of Chris's ensemble. Trolling around, I think I've figured out that (at the least) he'll need a shirt, waistcoat (vest), breeches or trousers, a cravat (giant neckcloth) and some sort of shoes & socks/stockings.

For the shirt, waistcoat, and trousers, I settled on patterns produced by Kannik's Korner (full reviews of patterns to come). I almost bought the patterns directly from the company but then rooted a little more on the internet and came across Wm. Booth, Draper.

What a lovely store! They carry a wide variety of products for historical reenactors, primarily for 17th-19th centuries. What sold me was the listing of of all the materials you need to make up the patterns (which you can conveniently purchase from them. ;) I bought all the items listed for a gentleman's shirt of high-quality linen - fabric, thread, metal sleeve buttons, thread buttons. It wasn't cheap (the total bill for everything including 3 patterns & shipping was $154) but saving the effort of trying to source the materials for less, not to mention figuring out everything I need, was completely worth the money for me. Now when I'm out fabric shopping I'll be able to note where to find things for the future, but I hate buying things and then deciding later it's not correct. Plus with a project this huge, I need all my spare time for sewing, not shopping!

The package was shipped the next business day, and it was sent Priority so it arrived in just a couple days. And they refunded a couple dollars on the shipping price! I didn't require any communication with them, but I'm confident they would respond quickly and completely to any inquiries.

Full marks for Wm. Booth, Draper!


  1. I love Wm. Booth, Draper! I always recommend them to friends because they are so prompt and I had the same experience with the shipping refund...very refreshing! I love the descriptions from period advertisements, too. I think I might have to eventually buy a copy of "Had on and took with her"!

  2. What a great title! I'm lusting after "Swatches: A Guide to Choosing 21st Century Fabrics for 18th Century Clothing" - I know the basics of choosing period fabrics, but the finer points are lost on me.

  3. Thank you for the kind words about our company. If you ever have any questions you can email or leave a comment in the comment section when placing an order.