Late 1770s style riding habit I recently finished. The main fashion fabric is pearl green worsted wool, lined with copper silk taffeta, trimmed with copper silk velvet. The waistcoat is the same silk taffeta. The buttons are a death head done with gilt silver thread (they will eventually tarnish even!). The habit shirt is light linen with detachable lace trim, cravat is linen as well. Mitts are wool/silk blend. All of the garments are completely hand-sewn in 18th century style. Patterning was done at a Burnley & Trowbridge workshop. The hat is wool felt with natural ostrich plumes and a silk bow where it cocks up on one side. There will be a very detailed inside and out on my blog soon I hope. If you would like any other shots on here, please ask!
This is an 18th Century Jacket and Hat I threw together in a couple of weeks for Pirate Fest.
This was totally an unplanned project! We have Ren Faire and then Pirate Fest every year here, but I've never devoted any time to make historical costumes for it, mostly because I've never found proper shoes. I actually bought 1 yard of fabric with the intention of just making a new crappy ren faire bodice, but that bothered me and it morphed into a crazy 2-week project. I had bought historical replica shoes (from american-duchess.com) and had them dyed yellow to match both a Padme costume and a petticoat from my first 18th century project.
The jacket I have to say is based on historical lines but I can't vouch for it's accuracy. Since I threw this together in a couple weeks, I simply took the pattern I made for my first dress bodice and altered it, refering to general jacket lines in my source materials. I have a corset, but it is fully boned in metal and I can't drive in that, so I added some boning to this bodice to replicate the look. Behind the stomacher are laces for strength, and the stomacher closes by hook-and-eyes, the buttons beind only decorative. The fabric is from JoAnn's home dec section, and is lined in black linen. The flounces I decided to add at 1 in the morning the night before the event, I simply took cotton lawn and did a scallop stitch on my machine.
The hat is one I bought last year at faire, I box-pleated yellow ribbon to go with the petticoat hem, and put a black velvet ribbon around it to tie in with the bodice color. The flowers are from Michael's craft store and I have no clue what type of flowers they are suppose to be other than the black rose.
Hand-sewn 1770s Robe a l'Anglaise. Gown is made from madder red linen, petticoat from a white/gold striped linen. The back pleats are very narrow and face toward the center back, which is a less common construction. There is a matching petticoat to the gown as well. The front is closed with pins. The sleeves have three small tucks to shape in a curve over the elbow.
Robe ā la polonaise made of dark purple taffeta with white stomacher. I'm wearing an old petticoat because I didn't manage to sew a matching petticoat in time for the event to which I wanted to wear this dress. The picture is quite small and the quality isn't the best because it was taken in a place that was only candle-lit.
Hand-sewn Polonaise Jacket ensemble, 1780 style. Made from cotton dimity with linen lining. The trimming is rolled-hem, pleated on the petticoat and sleeves, gathered on the bodice. The hat is trimmed with silk satin ribbon, hand-dyed. The parasol is covered in silk taffeta.