SO of course my SWAP this year is inspired by Anne Lister’s wardrobe in ‘Gentleman Jack’, and I also want to dress as Miss Lister for World Book Day, so apart from the ‘ordinary’ clothes, the look will need to be completed by a suitably swaggering coat.
She wears several coats in the series of course, all a combination of male and female styles of the time. Here she is striding along in her very masculine great coat with contrasting collar, probably velvet
Here she broods, Heathcliff-like in her caped coat
An unusual bit of colour here, which I think was the ‘wedding’ outfit
A spencer jacket, rather like a riding habit
A much more ‘feminine’ look when presented to royalty if I remember rightly
And here a lovely military inspired pelisse [or maybe it’s aspencer, can’t remember if it was long or short]
I love all of them, but this pelisse [or spebcer lol] looks the most fun, and the most wearable, so I’m going for this look. I found a pelisse/coat pattern from Laughing Moon [#137]
I rather fancy view B, although all the collars and sleeves are interchangeable. I’ve found two possible fabrics, a cotton sateen, and a cotton/viscose gaberdine. Both should be very usable for all sorts of goodies, so I’ll decide when they arrive. The amount of fabric will dictate the amount of fullness I put in the back of the coat, it may be somewhat less full, but that’s fine. As a jacket I think it would be very wearable BUT of course the style is high waisted, so I will experiment.
Fun and games!