Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Nelson: Sleeve Details

I have been combing the internet for images to help with sleeve and trim detailing.  I found a few portraits from the Revolutionary War years, and a few before. I'm going to try to recreate Nelson as best as possible, but the 1775 portrait of Captain James Cook (1728-1779) by Nathaniel Dance-Holland at the National Maritime Museum had the best angle for understanding how the lace is layered and folded. - http://www.nmm.ac.uk/explore/collections/by-type/uniforms/

I have ordered white wool for facings from a seller on Etsy named Gabriel Everson - http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePeriodTailor.  I have white muslin for lining.  In the next couple of months, 50 buttons from Military Heritage.  It's going to be about $107 plus shipping for the buttons, so we will need to do some strategic spacing out.   I really do think all of this persnickety attention to detail will pay off, and when it hits the ballroom next winter, everyone will be awed.


  1. Absolutely Sarah! You be eh hum the most well dress ah young man in the room. :/ I don't why I am having trouble with this I am Married to cross-dresser ;)

  2. Awww, thanks Winston. My plan was to throw it on my boyfriend. For the Sudbury ball this year, I put my IXth uniform on him, but it was um... well.. a rather beat-up infantry grunt's uniform. Conveniently, we wear the same size 18th century military uniform, so if I ever feel the compulsion to serve King and country at sea, I will have the option.