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A team of seamstresses create period costumes to mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812

Southwestern Ontario is fully embracing the 200th anniversary of the war of 1812.
Amherstburg plans to transform itself this summer. Their signature event is the "Roots to Boots Festival" in August. The plan is to have volunteers fill the streets, fully clad in period costume. The trouble is those garments don't exist anymore. Enter local seamstress Jennie Jackson. The town approached her to do all the research and then to gather a team of other seamstresses to put the costumes together.Our own Sara Elliott took a trip to the historic Gordon House where the sewers had gathered to put the finishing touches on the old-fashioned clothing using modern sewing machines.
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