This, unfortunately, is the one case where waiting too long to finish something only diminishes my pleasure in it being done. But it is perfectly alright now, and I can move on to the projects I put on the back burner!
What is it: A riding habit from approximately the late 1760s.
Materials: Wool from Burnley and Trowbridge. In retrospect a plain weave was a poor choice; I think a twill/gaberdine would have been stiffer. But there was a whole fiasco involving fashionfabrics.com, and I just wanted a dealer I could trust. The lining is linen except for the silk taffeta skirts, the thread cotton, the brass buttons also from B&T.
How long it took to make: A very long time, working in increments. I could have been done in a week or two, but I dragged it out until the end of the semester. I also wore the petticoat for the halloween tours, and it was quite warm indeed.
Construction: Roughly based on the Janet Arnold pattern, as well as a large cross-section of later 18th century riding habits. I debated making the front one-piece, but ultimately decided to keep it as a separate bodice and skirt; I took the round collar off last minute because it kept flipping up. Unfortunately, I didn't think to take any construction pictures, but oh well.
Verdict?: I wish I had made this out of a twill so that the bodice wouldnt've been quite so disastrously wrinkled. And the collar needs a little bit of work, and the hem could be taken up a few inches. But overall it's surprisingly comfortable and cozy and I love the color and the buttons.
Secondary verdict: It's sturdy enough to climb in!
|With the boo....|
I'm not quite sure what my next project will be, but I'm almost done with a 40's dress I made from my rejected wool and I have plenty of colonial/regency projects planned for local events and for when I get home for break.
I hope all my followers have a happy holiday!