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Printed Cotton Pleats
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Published: December 8, 2008
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1770s Caraco jacket and petticoat based on an extant from the Victoria and Albert museum. It is all hand-sewn. The jacket is made from three pieces of fabric (excluding where I had to piece the back for width). The back is pleated down the center and continues over the shoulders and extends into the sleeves. The fronts are pleated back as well. There are three sets of tabs in front that pin over a stomacher. The sleeve cuff is gathered up in a loop and button with small pleated trim. Built over stays and paniers.
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Wow! AMAZING!!!!
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Goldenspring|Student Artisan Crafter
Hey! I know that Caraco. lol. It looks very nice with the matching p'coat, That also makes it more distinctive as far as caracos being worn in living history (at least around here).
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ladyrose04|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is absolutely charming. Can I ask how much material you used? Do you have another petticoat between the paniers and the outer petticoat? The material looks very light, but is laying like it has some body to it. How many hours did this project take to do by hand?
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ColeV|Professional Artisan Crafter
The petticoat used about two yards, and the jacket was about three yards I believe. Each back "half" took up the full width of the material, so I couldn't maneuver much.
I do have an under petticoat on made of beige linen. Helps to hide the hoop lines and fill out the skirt.
I really try not to keep track of time, but the actual sewing wasn't too long. I'd very roughly estimate 15 hours for construction only. The draping took a while, but I didn't have a pattern to work from and I've never seen another jacket built like this.
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