World Book Day 2020 is NEXT WEEK [I’ve been telling myself I’ve got lots of time eek] so I thought I’d better get to grips with my ‘Gentleman Jack’ inspired costume. I wavered between greatcoat and pelisse or spencer for a while, but eventually settled for these as my main inspiration
Laughing Moon #137 pelisse. Fabric is a ‘cotton blend’ from The Italian Textile Company on eBay, one of my great favourites. It is described in their usual fabulously detailed and mis-spelled style:
PRODUCED FOR THE VERY HIGH END MANUFACTURER
THESE VERY BEAUTIFUL SPECIALLY FINISHED FABRIC WITH A PERFECTLY BALANCED CONSTRUCTION A LUXURIOUS MILL FINISH TO ENHANCE THE WHOLE QUALITY
JUST WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT FROM A TOP ITALIAN TEXTILE,
EASY CARE MACHINE WASH AT 30* DEGREES
I’m always amused by their use of ‘viscous’ but you can really trust their descriptions of weight, texture and drape. Not cheap of course, and only sold in half metre units which you have to be careful of! I guessed at 4.5 metres, and have just about managed to get it all pinned out, as I shortened it quite a lot…I don’t know how tall LM think an average woman is, but I don’t normally have to remove 6-7″ of length, even though I’m a short-arse!
This is an AMAZINGLY good value for money pattern, as there are so many combos of all the bits possible to you. I’ve opted, after much deliberation, to pretty much do view B [the red one]. I’ll dispense with the little train, because…school lol The puffed over sleeves are slit and trimmed with bows..which I have cut out, but may not use, we’ll see. I particularly love the dramatic flared standing collar.
Underneath this delight I will be wearing a longish black skirt, and a full-sleeved shirt or jumper…and if I have time this weekend, I may get on with my corset/waistcoat to channel this iconic look:
The missus found me some plain cotton string to use for some cording. It’s very HA to have tons of cording at this time, but we’ll see how much I can apply in the time allowed! I sdon’t think there’s enough of the main fabric to cut much bias, so may have to use a contrasting satin or some such… I need to rummage for something to line it with as well, although it may end up only being the bodice for now if I don’t have sufficient yardage.
PLUS I need to pither about to see what I can contrive for the hairstyle…
I’ll pinch the wife’s top hat [don’t tell her] and we have a fob watch from our steampunk excursions. Wish me luck, I’m going in!