Thursday, February 21, 2013
18th Century Naval Inspiration
Object ID: UNI0011, circa 1774
Full dress frock coat of a Captain. The frock is of blue wool with button back lapels faced with white and edged with gold lace. Although it is possible to wear the coat with the lapels partially buttoned across the chest, there are also three hook and eye fastenings so that the coat can be closed without unbuttoning the lapels. The neckband is also edged with gold lace. The skirts are not as full as those of the late 1740s. The back vent is still edged with gold lace, as is the pocket, and the three decorative faux buttonholes on either side of the back vent are still retained.
I must confess, I am a little afraid of making the pleating on the coat's skirt fall correctly. I will need to examine mine and see what's what with construction. The JP Ryan pattern did have directions for it, but I am not confident.
The next step for me is to iron, and cut out the lining. I am still waiting for the white wool for the facings to come in. I haven't even ordered the buttons or the lace.
2. Construction of the back pleating/vents
3. Attach the lining/facings