Old Sturbridge Village, and represent all that is sexy and good in New England militia from the first quarter of the 19th century.
All their brass plates and buckles are silver plated. Their coats and trousers are the latest European military fashion, and look at that shako. What could be more Federal than putting eagles on everything? Needless to say, I need to see what this is all about.
The OLI fatigue hat is more of a muffin than a wheel, with the top gathered, but it is super easy to make.
I ordered some 4 oz. leather to make the brim, and Derek Heidemann was kind enough to supply me with patterns, silver tape, and buttons for the coat. Remind me to pay that guy.
Taylor Shelby to help me gather this to the top of the band. It can't be TOO different than covered buttons, can it?
I haven't decided if the tape goes next or the bill. The last step is to add a cotton band liner for my giant sweaty head.