A Man's Coat
I had some really great pictures of this coat being modeled by my dress form, but then my USB quit working and I lost years of photos D': (sobbing emoticon). It's time to quit being a Luddite and embrace online photo storage.
|Deciding where to place the pocket flaps|
|The cats were jealous that I was spending excessive time petting an inanimate hunk of wool|
|The collar was too tall, so I trimmed some off of the top, folded the outside over, and whip stitched it.|
|These are the pleats in the tails/side vents.|
My buttonholes are improving. First, I basted stiff interfacing to the front edges of the coat. Then, I cut the holes with a chisel through only two layers, the outer fabric and the interlining. Next, I sewed the buttonhole purl stitch over gimp. After that, I attached an inner lining of the brown wool using a prick stitch and cut buttonholes through that layer, which I then attached to the front buttonholes using a whip stitch.
I'm not sure about the accuracy and quality of my work. I referred to images on the 18th Century Material Culture Resource Center (https://www.scribd.com/document/240864437/Male-Dress-Coats-Suits) and "Costume Close-Up: Clothing Construction and Pattern, 1750-1790" by Linda Baumgarten regarding the shapes of the pattern pieces, placement of cuffs, how to pleat the tails, etc. I also got advice from various knowledgeable people, especially my local history museum's program coordinator (http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/blog/author/justinmeinert).
While this project has been completed and in the hands of its owner for half a year already, I'm glad I finally blogged about it. Sorry I don't have better photos!