The Idea and Inspiration:
A formal 1770s man’s ensemble to be worn as a matching pair with the Lady Anne Darcy robe a la francaise.
The project was started at the same time as the Lady Anne Darcy gown, but languished in costuming limbo for a few years.
It’s my first attempt at 18th century menswear, so I’m using it more as a trial piece, and don’t expect it to be perfect, or perfectly historical.
|Man’s suit, Tiden’s Toj|
Fabric and Materials:
- Jacket — vintage kimono fabric, silk with metal brocaded spots.
- Waistcoat — quilt effect synthetic brocade
- Shirt – fine cotton lawn
- Breeches –
The Dress Diary:
- Introducing the jacket and the waistcoat
- The making of the shirt
- A scary to-do list
- The jacket and waistcoat
- The finished shirt
- The ensemble redux
- Redux fabric and trims
- Patterning the redux jacket
- The Redux ensemble at Grandeur & Frivolity
- Constructing the redux jacket
- Jacket finishing details
- Waistcoat construction
Research and helpful links:
- LACMA 18th century patterns
- Man’s suit instructions from Marquise.de
- Man’s shirt instructions from Marquise.de
- Hart, Averil and North, Susan. 17th and 18th Century Fashion in Detail, London: V & A Publishing. 2009.
- Baumgarten, Linda and Watson, John with Florine Carr. Costume Close-Up: Clothing Construction and Pattern 1750-1790, Williamsburg: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. 1999