I decided that I would go ahead and go for the lower class jacket. I hemmed and hawed about whether I wanted to make one in my last post, but made up my mind. I had life size print outs made of the two jackets in Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion 4.
Since I had two printed, I marked one with hearts and the other with stars, to avoid mixing pieces together.
Ta-da! All flat. The cream colored fabric is a thin wool fabric (likely with a hint of some other fabric mixed in), lined with a red linen.
Here are all the happy pieces! The only one I didn’t do was the little cuff piece, since the lower class versions do not appear to have them.
Now really, I should have figured out right here that I was in for a big disappointment when I was done. The sleeve went on to my arm, but it was not going all the way up to the shoulder, and was quite tight already. But still, I trucked on.
Shoulder wings! Sort of silly looking though, aren’t they?
Ah, much better!
So I had pretty solidly figured out by this point that this jacket was way too small for me. This is the project that taught me that mockups are always a good idea. Well, I still wanted to enter it into my barony’s Arts and Sciences competition, so I put on the eyelets and hooks.
I made a simple torso display form for the competition, using wire and paper. Afterwards, the too-small-jacket was given to a friend who fit it a little better (although it was still a bit tight!).