Friday, October 7, 2011

Pelisse ready to go!

Here we have a Pelisse, which is what this style of coat was called in 1812.  Just like jumpsuits are now "onesies" fashions constantly reinvent themselves.
 The coat is made with silk taffeta, which was dreadful to hand sew! My poor sore fingers! The lining is fine silk charmeuse.

The braid was used double width and joined using invisible rayon thread, then applied to the coat. The military look was very popular. remember, there was a war going on!

You may recall the blue silk ball gown. Well, this coat goes with it. I took the pattern from an original garment, in combination with a Spencer pattern developed some time ago. The original pelisse was very fine wool sateen, with a quilted padded lining in the bodice.

The coat took 4 times longer to make than I anticipated. Argh!

1 comment:

Sue said...

But it is really beautiful Edwina.....