Jackie Wakeling Jacobs, owner of Past Reflections LLC, been involved with Civil War living history and with N-SSA dress competitions since 1984. Over the years, she has worked with others who share her love of researching the past and bringing it to life. She started researching and collecting clothing from the 19th century to see if the construction was significantly different than modern clothing. Through many years of hard work and research, she has produced a line of patterns for the living history enthusiast, based on the original clothing in her personal collection and in museum collections.
Over the years she has conducted numerous classes, lectures, exhibits and workshops to aid in improving the skills and knowledge of others so that their historical impressions can be as authentic as possible.