1890’s Outlaw, Kateri Schneider (and other Gals)
The Cody Gunfighters
When the Buffalo Gals were attempting to develop the Cody Wyoming Walking Tours, we hung out all day with a group of re-enactors and performers called “The Wild Bunch” (aka “Cody Gunfighters). We had run ins with these handsome men in dusters and authentic costume many times before, but the summer of 2019, 5 of us got to really know Buffalo Bill Cody, Wyatt Earp, The Sundance Kid, and the rest of the Gang.
A few photos from hanging out with The Wild Bunch summer 2019:
Continue below to see the Finished Project
This was adapted from an historic pattern. It features a drop flap center opening and quick buttons for “using the weeds”. She’s wearing modern unders with the corset for now, but these will eventually have a matching pair of “knickers” that will somewhat duplicate the shape since women of the 1890’s did not wear panties and needed a bottommost layer that was washable.
Waiting for photos..!
There really are no patterns for this era for a western interpretation, so we made our own! Starting with the Bernard type shirtwaist of the early Edwardian era, and mixing in the 1890’s sleeve that featured fullness at the shoulder, plus looking at extant photos and photos of real women, we made this as a kind of “merging” of late 19th century styles.
The priority was comfort and fit though. This is a lovely double gauze softened lightweight linen that is very breathable, washable, and looks good ironed or wrinkled. Kateri’s assignment was to get it dirty and sweaty and to allow sweat rings to stain it, because that’s what would happen in reality to an outlaw or cowgirl wearing this.
Note it is long sleeved with a modified high collar. Women did not wear short sleeves. Period. We shortened the collar because we know Kateri doesn’t like a high one or a tight one, and we want her to be comfortable performing.
The revers in 1890 had only just become truly a separate garment, the shirtwaist, as a part of the newly created “suit” that had evolved from riding habits and was a trend spurred on by the Parisian designers who saw a big market in the new trend for women in sports and work.
The Western woman wore a type of “suit”, as “suits” of the time were really only two pieces: bodice and skirt, until the separate blousewaist was added a decade or so later. This 3 piece ensemble is less of a fashion statement from the time than a modified replication of what men in the field in the West were wearing at the time.
It’s a “ride astride cowgirl” outfit.
Scarves & Neckwear
The costume for performance will have a silk “snakeskin” scarf, but other neckwear we have in shop change the whole look. The leather necktie would have been VERY typical of a western woman to wear from about 1910-1914.
Boots & Gaiters