This was standard wear for Eastern woodsmen from the French & Indian War until well after the Revolution. Includes several options for cuffs, cape and fringe treatment. Sizes M, L, XL and XXL.
About Your Breechclout & Leggings Pattern
The Breechclout is a necessary article of clothing that
was common to the vast majority of tribes in North
America and was worn by virtually all of the Plains
People. Early clouts were made from hide, but with the
introduction of Trade Cloth, the buckskin styles rapidly
disappeared. Gen erally, Northern Plains Tribes preferred
a breechclout that was quite long in front, while Southern
& Central Plains groups wore shorter styles that reached
to the knee or mid calf at the longest in front and tended
to be a bit shorter in the back.
Decorations run the gamut from none at all to very
elabo rate, including ribbonwork, sequins, metallic fringe,
tin cones, fluffs, beaded medallions, applique beadwork,
quill work and many other items.
As for the leggings, skin leggings were generally made
using a single deer hide for each leg and were the earliest
form of plains leg covering. Common from the Northern
to the Southern Plains, they varied in cut and ornamentation
from tribe to tribe. When cloth was introduced by
white traders, this material generally replaced hide as legging
material among most tribes although the Comanche
and Kiowa have always seemed to prefer buckskin leggings.
By the Mid-19th Century, wool blanket material or
broadcloth (Tradecloth) was very much in vogue and continues
to be the case today. The pattern shows the proper
way of cutting these as well.
Notions & Tools
or simulated sinew, cloth or ribbon for binding
cloth breechclout and leggings (approximately 6yds.), cloth
for ankle panels (if desired), approximately 14” x 16”.
Scissors, Pins, Needels, Chalk (for marking)
*NOTE: The first dimension is the inseam length, so allow for proper length
when purchasing material. *A twin size blanket 66” x 90” will be sufficient
for all sizes.
Early period leggings and breechclouts should be
made of buckskin, either Indian (brain) tanned or commercially
tanned with the suede side out to simulate brain-tanning.
Cloth leggings can be made of wool blanket material
(Even the classic Whitney and Hudson Bay Blankets),
Tradecloth (generally red or navy blue) such as Rainbow
Selvedge Broadcloth, Stroudcloth (with white sawtooth
edge), or Tradewool. Less expensive substitutes are appropriate
in a heavy wool blend or suede cloth, both in a solid
color red or navy.