As Civil War reenactors we often look for higher degrees of
authenticity in the products that we buy in order to improve the look and
feel of our individual period impressions. Due to various reasons
many items have an authentic look but fail the test for 100% authenticity
due to such things as synthetic fibers, wrong manufacturing process, modern
dyes, etc. The product I review on this page definitely rates a high
degree of authenticity.
The pictures above should illustrate the contents of the kit.
When the kit is ordered Mr. Caldwell asked for my neck size and chest size.
When the kit arrived the main parts were cut out and various instructions
were drawn on the fabric to ensure that it would be properly cut and sewn.
The material is Wool Flannel. The flannel is itchy and frays easily.
The flannel is white/off-white in color. The instruction sheet gives
suggestions as to reducing fraying. Once sewn the fraying isn't a
problem. This is just a characteristic of the material.