>I’ve been working away at the costume I posted about previously that I’m making my husband for the Jane Austen Evening event. Oh dear! Men’s costume is such a funny step away from women’s costuming. Generally I know what to do to fix problems, and with a little creative problem solving I have finally tamed the wild tailcoat pattern! I am using patterns from The Cut of Mens Clothes book and they have taken quite a bit of tweaking to get them to their current state! The vest took two muslins, which I was expecting, and in the end I pretty much ended up draping the front the way I wanted it and made it single breasted instead of the double breasted 1790s vest with lapels like it was originally. I have saved the other pattern, though, in case we ever want to do another impression! The coat had three muslins and I finally have it tamable and it’s all ready to go! Just a few more minor adjustments and it will be as good as it will get.
It seems with this project it’s two steps forward and one step back. First we order fabric, then we remember something else and order that fabric, then that fabric’s not right and I need to order more fabric. Goodness! The materials alone for his ensemble are about to the cost of a silk gown for myself! But the good consolation- I am adding additional seam allowances so that this coat can get some life. For every Regency event we go to I hope this coat can make an appearance, and I hope it comes out looking good enough to show up every time. For everyone complaining about the cost of custom sewing- let me tell you- I would never ever make one custom. I would say we’re already a good 12 hours into this project and the fabric hasn’t even been cut!
My husband is thrilled with it so far, and his excitement is contagious, I admit! I really love seeing his face light up- and he loves that I’m taking the time to make something especially for him!
No real pictures of this, but I’ll leave with a close up of the M collar. Hopefully I’ll have some progress pics soon! I’ll be padstitching my little heart out soon enough and that will give something to show 🙂
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