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Introducing our American Heritage Line of quality Founding Fathers Costumes; they are simply the very best adult colonial costumes available. These costumes can be used for a variety of people and periods during the colonial era as well as the Revolutionary War.
Women were patriots, revolutionaries, and strong opponents of the British monarchy during the years of the American Revolution. Yet when war broke out and the men of the Thirteen Colonies took to the battlefield, the women didn’t follow—or, it was assumed that women didn’t follow. They did, though, helping their brand new nation within the ranks of the men of the Continental Army. One of those brave women was Mary Draper, a crucial helping hand to the army during the Revolutionary War. Remembered in American history as a kind friend to the Continental Army, Mary Draper dedicated her life and her home to those in a time of need.
Mary Draper married young and was widowed quickly after her wedding. She soon after met Moses Draper of Dedham, Massachusetts—but soon again, Mary found herself a window with six children after her husband died just three months before the start of the Revolutionary War. Despite this family tragedy, Mary’s son joined the Continental Army. Mary herself wanted to help serve, but as a woman she couldn’t join the ranks of the soldiers on the battlefield. So, she instead decided to open up her home to the wounded. Mary Draper offered food and housing to any soldiers in need.
From her roadside home, Mary set up a table laden with pans of bread and cheese, along with tubs of cider. As soldiers needed sustenance, they could simply visit the Draper home and take as much as they required. Her neighbors joined in, offering their own food and supplies. As the years of the war dragged on and the Continental Army grew worse for the wear, Mary Draper also began contributing her own cloth. Along with her daughter and her maid, Mary sewed coats, shirts, and pants from her old fabric, blankets, and clothes. Mary even melted her family heirlooms, turning them into bullets and offering them to the troops. Until her death at age 91, Mary Draper firmly believed that war was crucial for American to gain its freedom, and she hoped to serve her new country in every possible way.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes collection of quality costume clothing, this Mary Draper ladies’ colonial dress costume is authentic to the 1700s and the attire worn by the brave Revolutionary War hero herself. You’ll look just like this charitable widow who served the wounded men of the Continental Army when you don this historically accurate costume set. To capture Draper’s attire accurately, this costume includes a poly/cotton blend dress with a zippered back, fully lined bodice, and white lace trim on the neckline and bell sleeves. Also included to complete the look are a colonial mob cap and shawl.
Of course, every Mary Draper colonial costume needs a few accessories, too. No wartime woman during the 18th century went without her colonial hoop skirt, colonial shoes, lace fan, and colonial wig. If you’d like to enhance your Mary Draper attire with our Heritage Costume accessories (which are not included with the purchase of this costume), you can pair this costume outfit with these options from our wide selection of added details to create your very own personalized costume.
This high-quality Mary Draper costume can be used for a period ball, a historical reenactment, masquerade, or simply experiencing a day in the life of a woman serving the soldiers of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War in the 18th century. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this Mary Draper colonial costume is built to last.
During the Revolution, extremes of rich and plain attire in women's dress were most marked. In the large cities, especially in those occupied from time to time by the British, balls, dinners, dances, and parties kept fashion uppermost in the thoughts of the ladies.
Self: 50% Polyester 50% Cotton
Contrast : 50% Polyester 50% Cotton
Lining: 65% Polyester 35% Cotton
Trims: Very/Polyester & Cotton Blend
* Most items made from polyester/cotton blend treat as polyester.
* Most items made from polyester can be machine washed and dried.
* Use warm water and add a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle.
* Machine dry at low temperature setting and remove articles as soon as the tumbling cycle is complete.
* If ironing is needed, use a moderately warm iron.
* Most items made from polyester can be dry-cleaned.
As we cut all of our garments individually (Coats, Vests, Pants, Dresses, Etc.)
Fabric Shades may very & may not match exactly.
We strongly reccomend that the Colonial Dress be dry cleaned.