Wednesday, August 23, 2017

An 1810s Pelisse

Or, CoBloWriMo Day 23: Made for Yourself

I will have you know that I am not suffering through wearing a wool plush pelisse in the middle of the Midwestern summer for full length photos.  I will do a proper photo shoot at a later, cooler date.  I do love this garment, though, and it was perfect for the damp spring event for which it was made.

Literally the only photo of this pelisse I took while at the event in question.  Oops!

The wool is from Wm. Booth, Draper, and as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted it on my body in some fashion.  The color is just so gorgeous, and one of my favorites to boot.

Construction is loosely based off of this silk pelisse in the Susan Greene Collections at the Genesee Country Village & Museum.  There are great close-up pictures and a pattern diagram at the 19th US website here.

I developed my own pattern for the collar, based off of previous experience and my neck measurements.  Previous experience includes making a too-small collar that made my head look HUGE, except I was fat so it was like a HUGE PINHEAD.  Very visually confusing and unattractive.  Not that I'm trim and tiny now, but I've got a better grasp of proportions; I'm much happier with this one!

I sew on my lunch break.

I believe the bodice pattern is an adapted version of the Laughing Moon crossover front spencer pattern--very adapted, obviously!  It's been changed to have a center front closure and a high neck, plus the collar as well.

The bodice and sleeves are lined with silk taffeta, while the skirt is unlined.  The bodice and skirt are gathered separately and sewn with right sides together, reinforced with linen tape.  This is the same way Samantha constructed her Fox Fur and Pink Silk Pelisse and it works great!

I have extra fabric to make shoulder capes, but I think this is pretty charming just the way it is!  It was definitely cozy and warm, and I still absolutely love the color!

My not so li'l baby.  I miss her every day.
Here she is helping with sleeves.  Thanks, Tiny Kitty!
So, until the weather turns cool and crisp for autumn, this is the only full length photo I have.  Even in the unflattering light and a too-small dress form, I think it's really quite nice!

It looked like a spooky intruder with the lights off, too!

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