Monday, February 27, 2012


The cuffs for the mid-century coat are tiny garments unto themselves. Here they are with one inside out to show the interfacing. You can see there will be four buttons on each to match the pocket flaps.

These babies will be non-functional and stupid large (though not as ridiculous as say the 1740s.) I may reduce the length of the interfacing slightly to have more to turn under, into the sleeve. Next time we start fitting the body.

Sunday, February 5, 2012


Having just returned from an arduous journey to the colony of Pennsylvania, I thought I might post a small update.The buttonhole process is half done on the mid-18th century coat. 

To be honest I haven't really decided how the cuffs and collar of this garment should look. Plenty of options out there. Mostly I am trying to decide how lazy I am. If my button supply holds out and I am a masochist I can add four buttons (and faux buttonholes) to each cuff. I guess that beats sailor-style cuffs that actually work.

The giant pile of reference books near the bed yielded some inspiration. John Collet's The Recruiting Sergeant could keep me busy sewing for the rest of my life, and the lad taking the King's shilling appears to be wearing the coat I'm making.

So no need for a collar. This would even be a good excuse to leave the cuffs plain, but none of my other civilian coats have buttons so......

The back of the coat is "done." By done I mean it is lined, the center back pleats are in, and there are four buttonholes in it. Still to do: fold the side pleats, add buttons, and hem the bottom. All that has to wait for the fronts.

Wish  I could stop thinking about the stripey waistcoat on Collet's Sergeant.