100% wool, 15-18 oz., 60" wide
This is the red used by todays United States Marine Corps musicians for their dress red uniforms. It is not quite as bright as the Hainsworth scarlet but it is just as fine. Scarlet red was a more expensive dye obtained from an insect called Cochineal. Because of this, scarlet was usually used in more expensive garments and officer's uniforms. Nonetheless it was used sometimes by the poor. This red was the most common color for country women's cloaks in the 18th century. This broadcloth will make a nice man's coat, jacket, breeches or greatcoat. For example in The Kentucky Gazette of 1795, "Ran away . . . Three Negroes . . . The fellow . . . had on when he went away, a scarlet jacket". Red 35/2 linen thread and both 1/2" and 7/8" worsted wool tape matches this fabric. For sewing button holes try scarlet silk button hole twist or quilter's thread.
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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 08 March, 2012.